Administrative/Business Tools


$375M Added to State, Local Cyber Grant Program, Deadline to Apply is Oct. 6

The Department of Homeland Security has added $374.9 million in grant funding to the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program, which is entering its second year, the agency said in a news release.

Scribbles Adds 'Mass Lottery' Feature to Simplify Managing Complex Lotteries

Records and enrollment provider Scribbles Software has rolled out “significant updates” to help schools and districts streamline and improve lottery management, particularly those managing complex lottery systems, according to a news release.

CentSai Launches Predictive Budgeting Tool for Schools

Financial literacy platform CentSai has partnered with developers at SPENDiD to launch a new predictive budgeting tool, dubbed MyBudgetReport, now available to K–12 education organizations, according to a news release.

New SmartPass Products Include Free Digital ID Cards for K-12 Students

SmartPass has launched three new options for its SmartPass Hall Pass solution including SmartPass Flex, SmartPass Attendance, and SmartPass ID Cards, with the latter offered free for K–12 schools, according to a news release.

New Public, Private Help for K–12 Cyber Defense Efforts Announced at White House Summit

The Biden-Harris administration has unveiled new public sector efforts and private sector commitments to bolstering cyber defenses across the nation’s public schools, including a new Government Coordinating Council within the U.S. Department of Education to facilitate formal collaboration between “every level of government and the education sector.”

New Report Reveals Parents' and Teachers' Critical Perspective on School Safety

A new report from Motorola Solutions reveals parents’ and teachers’ top concerns and how much they know about and are confident in their schools’ safety planning and emergency response preparation.

Majority of School Apps Advertising to Kids Even In SOPIPA States, ISL Data Shows

A new in-depth analysis from Internet Safety Labs’ 2022 K–12 EdTech Safety Benchmark Findings reveals alarming data about advertising in apps widely used by schools and finds that state privacy laws and third-party certifications claiming to keep students’ data private are often not making kids any safer.

K12 Schools See Massive Spike in Malware and CryptoJacking in First Half of 2023

K–12 schools and other education organizations in the United States are experiencing a “massive spike” in malware, encrypted threats, and cryptojacking so far this year, even as ransomware attacks have slowed, according to SonicWall’s 2023 Mid-Year Cyber Threat Report.

Governance, Strategy Needed in Enterprise Generative AI Adoption

The current wave of popularity for generative AI is just "scratching the surface." The real impact will be felt in enterprises — including education — which, over the next seven years, will see growth in the hundreds of billions of dollars, according to a new market analysis, "Generative AI Business Outcomes: Identifying Enterprise Commercial Opportunities."

Life Time Foundation Launches Digital Resource to Help Districts Choose Healthy Foods

The Life Time Foundation, a school nutrition- and movement-focused nonprofit organization, has introduced a free K–12 digital resource called Green Onion. This online software tool helps school districts, purchasing cooperatives, and food distributors nationwide to identify, remove, and replace unhealthy food ingredients and choose sustainable, healthy, and nutritional ingredients for school cafeterias.

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