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9/30/2020

A Florida school district is launching Spanish-language Twitter and Facebook pages -- Hillsborough Schools en Espanol -- to better communicate with the district's more than 80,000 Hispanic families. The district previously opened a Spanish-language hotline.

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Spectrum News
9/29/2020

One of the most important roles that schools can serve during this uncertain time is to provide social-emotional support, according to Mikki Rogers, an elementary-school counselor in Kentucky. Rogers shares strategies to help bolster students' emotional resilience, including using the RULER program, which teaches students to recognize, understand, label, express and regulate emotions.

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SmartBrief/Education
9/29/2020

A ninth-grade online course at a Massachusetts high school was interrupted by someone who made offensive and racially charged comments. Officials say they are investigating the incident and are unsure whether the person who made the comments was from inside or outside the school system.

9/28/2020

Private information of students in the Clark County, Nev., school district was released after the district did not pay a ransomware demand. The information included students' Social Security numbers and grades, and Brett Callow, a threat analyst for cybersecurity company Emsisoft, said multiple school districts have fallen victim to similar schemes.

9/28/2020

Students at Western Washington University are leading a social media campaign with health officials to encourage fellow students to take precautions to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus. The COVID-19 IRL (In Real Life) campaign includes images and messaging designed to appeal to college students.

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KING-TV (Seattle)
9/28/2020

Some 54% of Americans don't think any political ads should be allowed by social platforms and 77% say it's unacceptable for their personal information to be used by social platforms to serve them political ads, per the Pew Research Center. The study breaks down the findings by age, race/ethnicity and political leaning.

9/28/2020

Rural educators say they are concerned that the shift to remote instruction during the pandemic could worsen the divide among rural and urban students, with data showing that more than one-third of the rural US lacks access to high-speed internet. Officials say this challenge could be an opportunity for federal investment in broadband.

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National Public Radio
9/28/2020

The US Department of Education will not appeal a federal judge's decision to block its efforts to direct federal coronavirus aid to private schools. In a letter Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the department disagreed with the judge's decision and pointed out that school districts still are obligated to offer some services to private schools.

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US Department of Education
9/25/2020

The US ranks 12th in digital infrastructure, according to an analysis of 30 countries by Preply -- falling behind Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Luxembourg and others. Analysis show 72% of students in the US have access to a computer at home -- compared to 91.7% in the UK.

9/25/2020

Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland is incorporating social and emotional learning throughout online instruction across all grade levels in the 85,000-student district, including student-driven virtual wellness blocks for high-schoolers. The district also is providing professional development for teachers on facilitating conversations on topics such as social justice.

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