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Florida selects data vendor for workforce education

The Florida Department of Education selected the Denver software company Pairin to develop technology that shows how well the professional credentials earned by Floridians are aligning with the demands of employers, the company announced Thursday. Designed to guide both policymakers and members of the public as they plan their educations and careers, the company’s My Journey platform draws data from a wide range of sources to offer a more precise accounting of workforce trends, said Michael Simpson, Pairin’s chief executive. Colin Wood has the details.

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McGraw Hill says digital growth outpaced print losses

Education publisher McGraw Hill’s digital sales grew 10% year-over-year in the 2021 fiscal year, with about $1 billion in billings, the company said Thursday, making it the first time an increase in digital billings outpaced a drop in print materials. The company’s total billings still declined about 4%, according to the company’s annual investor report. But executives also said that digital now accounts for 61% of all billings, an increase of 8 percentage points compared to 2020, which they cited as a reason to keep investing in digital tools and technology as a key to the company’s growth. Emily Bamforth has it.

'ChaChi' trojan helps ransomware gang target schools

Research published Wednesday by BlackBerry details a recently identified trojan being used by a ransomware gang that’s increasingly turned its sights on K-12 school districts and higher education institutions in the United States. The remote access trojan, or RAT, which BlackBerry researchers dubbed “ChaChi,” a portmanteau of two hacking tools it uses, has been used as a backdoor to networks targeted by a ransomware called PYSA, which the FBI warned in March is behind a rising wave of attacks on education, health and corporate networks. Benjamin Freed has the story.

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