Cyber agency issues attack alert over ransomware threat to education sector



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The UK’s cybersecurity agency has issued an alert to schools, colleges and universities about an increase in hacking attempts around the start of the new academic year.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned the education sector to be aware of ransomware attacks and urged organisations to follow their guidance on securing their networks.

The centre says it saw an increase in attempted cyber attacks on education establishments in August, often using ransomware which involves the encrypt of data by cybercriminals who then demand payment in exchange for recovery of the data.

The NCSC has encouraged institutions to take immediate steps such as ensuring all data is backed up and copies are stored offline to prevent data loss in the event of an attack.

As part of the issued alert, the NCSC says it has stepped up support for UK schools, colleges and universities, including

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Child Advocacy Center facing funding issues | News

In a normal year, more than 250 alleged cases of child abuse come into the Child Advocacy Center of Tuscola County.

Executive Director Kathleen Sweeney interviews every single child.

But this year she’s only seen 90 kids, far less than usual. There’s worry that lower number does not mean less abuse.

“There was virtual school. There were no eyes on these children. And we were very, very much concerned about what was happening. And there was no one to disclose to or report any abuse, said Sweeney.

To make matters worse, the center is in financial trouble. Due to COVID, they weren’t able to have their six-month fundraising campaign starting in April.

“People have little to no comprehension oftentimes, of the work that’s done in a center like this to help provide a safe environment for children,” explained Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene.

On top of all that, the center

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5 financial issues schools will face due to the coronavirus-induced recession

The education sector was still feeling effects from the Great Recession when the coronavirus pandemic shuttered school buildings this spring, sending the country into economic shock — one that is expected to be much worse than the 2007-2009 recession. 

Prior to the pandemic, more than 20 states were spending less per K-12 pupil post-Great Recession, and in nine states, those expenditure levels were still declining. Across the nation, cuts to state education budgets made during the last recession are being linked to sizable and long-lasting losses in student achievement and outcomes. 

Here, we’ve gathered insights from experts and reports about what financial issues district leaders should watch out for as they navigate the 2020-21 school year.

Federal education aid

If the current recession follows in the footsteps of the last one, it will likely hit K-12 schools hardest where state revenues account for a larger portion of district budgets.

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Supreme Court issues notice on Andhra Pradesh’s plea to make English medium of education in schools



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The Supreme Court has issued a notice on Andhra Pradesh government’s plea seeking to make English the medium of education from classes one to six in its schools.

The SC bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and KM Joseph on Thursday sought response of Srinivas Guntipalli on whose plea the Andhra Pradesh High Court had stopped the implementation of the plan in government-run Telugu medium schools.

The high court in April had set aside the order for government schools to convert the medium of instruction from Telugu to English.

Advocate KV Vishwanathan, appearing for the state government, said the order during the hearing conducted via video conference.

He said a majority of parents wanted English to be the medium of education and it was a progressive, forward looking measure in accordance with the Constitution.

Advocate Gopal Shankarnarayanan, appearing for caveator, accepted the notice and will have to file response

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