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Education Department not budging on colleges' pleas for more pandemic relief

The Education Department is pushing back on claims from higher education leaders that they need additional assistance from the federal government to sustain operations and maintain financial health. Congress sent higher education institutions $14 billion in grants through the CARES Act in March, at the onset of the pandemic, but since then universities have said they need more help. Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, says "there is little to support claims of being cash-poor." Betsy Foresman has more.

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Class canceled in Baltimore County, Md., in latest school ransomware attack

Classes were canceled Wednesday in public schools in Baltimore County, Maryland, after the district’s IT systems were disrupted by a ransomware attack. The suspension, one day before the Thanksgiving holiday, applied to both in-person and online classrooms. District officials described the attack as a “systemic interruption to network information systems” that its IT team is working to remedy. School officials also advised students and teachers alike to not use their district-issued devices. Benjamin Freed has more on StateScoop.

Carnegie Mellon using Facebook to collect COVID-19 data

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have conducted more than 13 million surveys to predict the spread of the coronavirus and help public authorities respond to the pandemic. The researchers chose specifically to collect survey data through Facebook, which allowed them to collect more than 50,000 responses daily. Betsy has the details.

U. Arizona partners with Navy on online classes for service members

The University of Arizona has teamed up with the United States Naval Community College to offer online courses to enlisted military members. The partnership will specifically offer courses in intelligence and applied computing, the university announced. The program will be open to as many as 150 enlisted members of the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. Credits earned during the course will help service members work toward earning bachelor's degrees. More about the classes here.

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