Administrative/Business Tools

SchoolStatus Acquires SchoolNow

Following the recent launch of its new student success platform, SchoolStatus announced it has acquired school-home communications K–12 platform SchoolNow, in its entirety, to help schools engage families and communities in student success.

Pennsylvania School District to Partner With Xello to Help Ready Students for College

The Reading School District in Pennsylvania has partnered with college readiness and career development company Xello to prepare K–12 students with tools for future planning decisions about college or career.

FutureEd Study Identifies 6 Factors of Successful High-Dosage Tutoring

In the wake of at least 80% of school districts and charter schools starting post-pandemic tutoring, independent analysis organization FutureEd has released a study addressing the challenge of making such tutoring high-quality, or as they call it, "high dosage."

SchoolStatus Releases Unified Communication and School Attendance Platform

SchoolStatus has announced its new K–12 platform to improve communications between schools and families to help ensure student attendance. The platform features two data-driven solutions: SchoolStatus Connect and SchoolStatus Attend.

Ransomware Targeting K–12 Rose 92% in 2023, Malwarebytes Reports

New research from Malwarebytes ThreatDown analysts shows that 2023 was the "worst year on record" for education, with a 105% jump in known ransomware attacks targeting the sector and a 92% rise in ransomware targeting K–12 education specifically — with nearly half of those targeting U.S. school districts.

PowerSchool Acquires Financial Software Provider Allovue to Enhance K–12 Solutions

K–12 education software company PowerSchool has acquired Allovue, a financial budgeting, planning, and analytics provider for K–12 school districts.

Scribbles Software Announces K–12 Document Management System Updates

Document management company Scribbles Software has rolled out improvements to its ScribOnline platform to make records handling easier for K–12 school systems.

'Too Small and Too Slow': FCC Cybersecurity Pilot Proposal Draws Criticism

A week remains for K–12 stakeholders to submit comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed 3-year, $200 million Schools and Libraries Cybersecurity Pilot Program, and so far, most comments submitted have expressed significant concerns that it is too "too small and too slow" to help public schools defend against emerging cyber threats.

State of New Hampshire Expands Partnership with to Include Upper Elementary and Adult Learners

The New Hampshire Department of Education (NHED) and have expanded their tutoring partnership agreement to include upper elementary students in grades 4-5 and adult learners preparing to take the GED and HiSET high school equivalency exams.

Districts, SHLB Coalition Applaud FCC Approval of E-rate Funds for Wi-Fi on School Buses

Beginning in funding year 2024, K–12 school districts may use E-rate funding for school bus-based Wi-Fi, connecting students on long bus rides — and, in some districts, connecting students in homes with no internet service — just as the Emergency Connectivity Fund expires.