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State edtech leaders say cyber's not funded

Only a handful of U.S. states and territories are seen to be providing sufficient funding to tackle growing cyber threats against K-12 schools, according to a new survey of state educational technology leaders published by the State Educational Technology Directors Association and Whiteboard Advisors. Just 6% of respondents indicated that their states provided ample funding for school cybersecurity efforts, while 57% said they need more resources. Lindsay McKenzie reports.

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Rhode Island CIO Bijay Kumar to step down

Rhode Island CIO Bijay Kumar will soon step down after five years as the state’s top technology official for a private-sector role, he confirmed with StateScoop. State leaders have credited Kumar with providing technology for the state’s emergency response efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and modernizing several key enterprise IT platforms. Beyond the upgrades to various IT systems during his time in Rhode Island, though, Kumar said his biggest achievements include improvements to the people and processes involved in the state’s technology. Colin Wood has more.

FCC approves $800M for rural broadband expansion in 19 states

The FCC last week approved nearly $800 million in funding to expand broadband access in rural areas. The award, part of the FCC’s $9.2 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, supplies six internet service providers with a total of $791.6 million to build new high-speed internet infrastructure. The funds support projects in 19 states, with three — Illinois, Arizona and Iowa — taking the lion’s share of funding. The FCC awarded $212 million to carriers in Illinois, $140 million in Illinois and $113 million in Iowa. Lindsay has details.

Los Angeles Unified School District reports ransomware attack

The Los Angeles Unified School District returned from the Labor Day holiday yesterday with a full day of instruction, despite a ransomware attack over the weekend that resulted in disruptions to several internal systems, including email services and other applications. According to Brett Callow, a researcher at the antivirus firm Emsisoft, LAUSD, the nation's second-biggest K-12 system, is at least the 50th organization in the U.S. education sector to be hit by ransomware this year. Benjamin Freed had the story.

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