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06/21/2021
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Schools can use relief on cybersecurity

The U.S. Education Department should give better instructions to K-12 schools that they can spend federal pandemic relief money on cybersecurity, especially as ransomware attacks against districts nationwide continue to run rampant and many school systems plan for some degree of long-term virtual learning, Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, wrote in a letter to addressed to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona last week. Benjamin Freed has more.


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Possible cyberattack causes UMass Lowell to cancel classes

The University of Massachusetts Lowell canceled classes last Thursday because of a possible cybersecurity breach, according to a post on the university’s website. The campus first closed due to outages on Tuesday, with classes canceled both in person and online. A university spokesperson said the incident did not involve ransomware, The Boston Globe reported. Emily Bamforth has it.


Ellucian, McGraw Hill acquired by private equity firms

Education vendors Ellucian and McGraw-Hill changed hands last week in a series of private-equity deals as the edtech market continues to grow. McGraw-Hill, a leading provider of textbooks and other learning resources and textbooks to both K-12 schools and higher education, was purchased by Platinum Equity for $4.5 billion from its previous owner, Apollo Funds, according to a news release. The higher education software provider Ellucian, meanwhile, was acquired by Blackstone and Vista Equity Partners. A sale price was not disclosed. Emily has the details.


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