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Education data — 2.0

Illinois officials are developing new data sets to help them find new insights about the state’s schools and education programs. Ben Boer, a data coordinator in Gov. J. B. Pritzker’s office is drawing on agencies for education, employment, commerce and child services to build the next iteration of the Illinois Longitudinal Data System, a set of tools that helps researchers and policymakers understand education. “How many students are getting that comprehensive set of services?" Boer said. Colin Wood reports.

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Education Dept. says the K-12 cyber review is starting

An U.S. Department of Education official said yesterday that the department is starting to make some progress on revising K-12 cybersecurity guidance that hasn’t been updated in more than a decade. Kristina Ishmael, the deputy director of the department’s Office of Education Technology, said during an online event that preliminary conversations on revising the guidelines have begun, but that the process also involves several other offices at Education, as well as CISA and NIST. Benjamin Freed has more.

Another Bloomberg data effort

Bloomberg Philanthropies this week announced a new initiative to help cities across the Americas reach “an even higher standard” of data-informed decision making. The new City Data Alliance is backed by a $60 million investment, and will run alongside other Bloomberg-funded organizations like the Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab, Results for America and a civic-tech research center at Johns Hopkins University. Ryan Johnston has details.

DOJ names top cop for pandemic fraud

The Justice Department said that Associate Deputy Attorney General Kevin Chambers will serve as the lead prosecutor targeting criminals who defrauded pandemic relief programs like expanded unemployment benefits over the past two years. In the role, Chambers will lead "strike teams" of prosecutors, whose work he said will rely on data collected by state workforce agencies, which saw record amounts of phony claims during COVID-19. Ben has the latest.

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