Board Of Education Candidate Forum Puts Focus On Role Of Board

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Incumbent Oconee County Board of Education Post 4 Member Tim Burgess had some advice for the three other candidates seeking a spot on the Board at Thursday’s night’s virtual candidate forum.

The Board is a governing body, Burgess said, and it hires a superintendent to run the schools.

Most of the issues that come before the Board are operational issues, Burgess said, and the Board should not get involved in those issues until after school administrators have tried to resolve them.

Questions about the role of the Board permeated the dialog at the forum.

Burgess was responding to–but did not answer directly–a question from a citizen, who wanted to know why Board members had not responded to an email he said he sent to all of them in July asking questions about COVID-19.

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Government puts entire UK education sector on cybersecurity alert



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The government’s national security body has issued a nationwide warning to the UK’s school system concerning possible cyberattacks.

As students across the country return to school following the nationwide lockdown that curtailed the last school year, fears have arisen that institutions could face attack due to a lack of proper protection.

The warning from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) says that schools and universities need to take steps immediately to make sure they stay protected. This includes moves such as upgrading cybersecurity protection, ensuring data is stored securely, and making sure systems are backed up away from the premises.

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The NCSC says it has been investigating an increased number of ransomware attacks affecting education establishments in the UK, including schools, colleges and universities over the past few months.

“This criminal targeting of the education sector, particularly at such a challenging time, is

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U.S. Jobs Puts Bright Cap on Week

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell more than expected in August, offering good news after troubling signs in Europe’s economy earlier in the week.

The fourth straight monthly improvement in the labor market included a 1.37 million gain in nonfarm payrolls, though the pace of job growth is moderating. The jobless rate dropped to 8.4%. There are still risks, with Congress in stalemate over another stimulus package and companies continuing to announce job cuts.

Europe’s jobs market also looks shaky, with the euro-area recovery losing steam and the inflation rate falling below zero. In the U.K., central bankers are hinting that they’ll do more to keep their recoveries on track.

Here are some of the charts that appeared on Bloomberg this week, offering insight into the latest developments in the global economy:

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Following signs of a downturn in previous weeks, the latest readings show

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