Tag: rural broadband

Schools scramble to help rural students get online for fall. See more national education news here

| September 8, 2020
Schools scramble to help rural students get online for fall. See more national education news here

Broadband service does not cover all of the U.S., especially in poorer rural areas. Some 16 million school children, or 30% of public school students, lack either an internet connection or a device at home for distance learning, says a recent study.

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Supt. Hoffman’s comment on Prop. 123 ruling. See more state education news here

| October 1, 2019
Supt. Hoffman’s comment on Prop. 123 ruling. See more state education news here

A federal judge’s ruling today said the State of Arizona acted illegally by not getting approval from congress before Proposition 123 took money for public education from the state land trust investment fund.

But U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake’s court order does not stop Prop. 123 funding, because it received congressional approval after the fact, according to a Capitol Media Services article. Read the entire ruling below.

The order does prevent Arizona from doing the same thing in 2025 when Prop. 123 expires without getting congressional approval first.

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Why schools are ransomware targets. See more state education news here

| September 24, 2019
Why schools are ransomware targets. See more state education news here

Hackers used to focus their ransomware attacks primarily on taking money from corporations’ deep pockets, but they’ve recently been targeting schools and municipalities.

“Why is that so? Well, you possess an enormous amount of personal data – birthdates, social security numbers, direct deposit, banking information, credit card information – all of that you have about not only your employees, but your students and their parents,” said Rob Haws, a partner at Gust Rosenfeld PLC law firm, who specializes in education law and labor and employment.

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