ChatGPT is landing kids in the principal’s office, survey finds
Ever since ChatGPT burst onto the scene last year, a heated debate has centered on its potential benefits and pitfalls for students. As educators worry students could use artificial intelligence tools to cheat, a new survey makes clear its impact on young people: They’re getting into trouble. Half of teachers say they know a student...
By Mark Keierleber | September 25, 2023
Q&A: How ed tech tools track kids online — and why parents should care
As technology becomes more and more ingrained in education — and as students become increasingly concerned about how their personal information is being collected and used — startling new research shows how schools have given for-profit tech companies a massive data portal into young people’s everyday lives. The report, led by researchers at the University of Chicago and...
By Mark Keierleber | September 22, 2023
New data: School shootings surge to a record high — two years in a row
Despite heightened concerns about campus safety since the pandemic, in many ways America’s public schools are safer today than they were a decade ago, federal campus crime data released Wednesday reveal. Yet in one startling way, they’ve grown exponentially more dangerous: An unprecedented growth in school shootings. There were a record 188 school shootings resulting...
By Mark Keierleber | September 14, 2023
‘Do not underestimate the ruthlessness’: White House takes on K-12 school cybersecurity threat at first-ever summit
Shortly before First Lady Jill Biden took the podium at the White House Tuesday to champion a new federal initiative to combat K-12 school ransomware attacks, the cyber gang Medusa announced its latest victim on the dark web. Such unrelenting attacks — this time against a Bergen County, New Jersey, district —are what brought the...
By Mark Keierleber | August 10, 2023
Schools Are Now the Leading Target for Cyber Gangs as Ransom Payments Encourage Attacks
Shockwaves & Innovations: How Nations Worldwide Are Dealing with AI in Education
Report: In 24 States, Using False Address to Get Into a Better School is a Crime
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New $200 million FCC proposal could help schools combat cyber attack onslaught
As ransomware and other cyber attacks become an increasingly potent threat to schools nationwide, a proposal by Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel seeks to create the first federal funding stream to help districts fight back. A three-year pilot program announced by Rosenworcel earlier this month could invest up to $200 million to enhance cybersecurity...
By Mark Keierleber | August 3, 2023
The education community braced for guidance on student discipline. It never came
During a heated Senate confirmation hearing in July 2021, civil rights attorney Catherine Lhamon made clear her goal to confront longstanding, dramatic racial disparities in school discipline at a moment when racial inequities — in policing, education and society more broadly — were at the center of the national discourse. She’d done it before, to fanfare...
By Mark Keierleber | April 20, 2023
Q&A: Shannon Watts on the power moms wield to stop school shootings
It was the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that brought Shannon Watts to action. From her Indiana home, the former communications executive and stay-at-home mother of five created a Facebook group for women who supported heightened gun laws. What began as a modest community on the social media platform quickly grew into the political...
By Mark Keierleber | April 13, 2023
Trove of L.A. students’ mental health records posted to dark web after cyber hack
Update: After this story published, the Los Angeles school district acknowledged in a statement that “approximately 2,000” student psychological evaluations — including those of 60 current students — had been uploaded to the dark web. Detailed and highly sensitive mental health records of hundreds — and likely thousands — of former Los Angeles students were...
By Mark Keierleber | February 22, 2023
They lost their kids at Sandy Hook 10 years ago. Their fight is for life
This article was published in partnership with The Trace. Sign up for its newsletters here. With an infectious smile, 7-year-old Daniel Barden’s slow, steady drumbeat held together the fledgling family band. The quartet’s intimate performance had brought life to the Best Western hotel in Monticello, New York, where the Bardens gathered to celebrate a joyous milestone:...
By Mark Keierleber | December 14, 2022
Police experts: Swatting hoax targeting schools ‘absolutely’ coordinated, but may still be kids
After the police in more than a dozen South Carolina communities fielded calls last week alerting them to active school shootings, officers rushed to campuses where students and educators hid in fear for their lives. Ever since the mass school shooting in May at a Uvalde, Texas elementary school, families nationwide have been on high...
By Mark Keierleber | October 14, 2022