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Lawmakers urge Cardona to address cybersecurity

A pair of U.S. House members last week asked Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to take actions to help K-12 school districts invest in cybersecurity measures to improve their defenses against ransomware, phishing and other threats that continue to target the education sector. In a letter, Democratic Reps. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island and Doris Matsui of California asked Cardona to issue “immediate guidance” clarifying that school districts can use the federal funding provided in multiple rounds of coronavirus relief legislation on security products. Benjamin Freed has more.

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Tyler Technologies buys teacher tracking software firm

The government IT vendor Tyler Technologies continued its buying streak Monday with the announcement that it’s acquired ReadySub, a maker of software that helps school districts track teacher absences and schedule substitute instructors. The software made by ReadySub, a 10-person company based in Seattle, is designed to take some of the labor out of finding substitute teachers by giving districts a pool of qualified subs and integrating those personnel into their existing payroll systems. Benjamin has the full story on StateScoop.

Seattle pumps $400K into digital literacy

The City of Seattle last week announced it will distribute $343,000 in digital literacy grants between 15 community organizations to improve digital equity. the city will fund nonprofits that support K-12 students and adult learners in historically underrepresented communities, dispersing grants of up to $25,000 to fund the purchase of new laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, tech-literacy training and mentorship services. Ryan Johnston reports for StateScoop.

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