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565 Schools, Over 1M Students in NY Impacted by Illuminate Data Breach, NYSED Says; 2nd Colorado District Notifies Parents

The New York State Education Department says 565 schools in the state — including over 1 million current and former students — were among those whose private student data was compromised during a January cyberattack on Illuminate Education’s systems, and officials have opened an investigation, NYSED told THE Journal.

List of Schools in New York Impacted by the Illuminate Education Data Breach

The New York State Department of Education sent the following list of schools "known to have been affected by the Illuminate Education data breach" in response to a Freedom of Information request by THE Journal. NYSED said "not all students at every school had their data compromised," but also noted that at some schools, both current and former students' data was compromised.

Leadership Roles Announced for McCollum, Peck, Tuley, Fisher, Kamal, and Fierro

THE Journal welcomes submissions about new hires and promotions among ed tech industry executives and K–12 public school administrators in the United States. Contributed news items will be published regularly on THEJournal.com; the archives can be accessed at any time at THEJournal.com/articles/list/people-on-the-move.

Presentation Proposals Sought for Aperture 2022 SEL Vision Summit; Deadline is May 13

SEL assessment provider Aperture Education is accepting presentation proposals through May 13 for its 2022 SEL Vision Summit. The virtual event focused on professional development is scheduled for Nov. 3, 2022, themed “Leading a Legacy.”

Online Safety Provider Family Zone Announces Agreement to Acquire Qustodio

Australia-based online monitoring and safety provider Family Zone today announced it will acquire competitor Qustodio and its subsidiaries in a deal valued at $52 million, according to a news release.

Illuminate Education Data Breach Impacted At Least 24 Districts, 18 Charter Schools in NY; Investigation Launched

At least 24 school districts and 18 charter schools in New York — totaling “at least” a million students in the state of New York alone — were impacted by the breach of private student data that occurred during a January cyberattack on Illuminate Education’s systems, and the New York State Education Department has launched an investigation into the data breach, a NYSED official told THE Journal.

Survey of Principals Lists Their 'Most Effective Strategies' to Boost Teacher Morale

A survey of 557 K–12 principals across the United States revealed the “most effective strategies” administrators are using to boost teacher morale — putting this week’s National Teacher Appreciation Week theme into focus.

Imagine Learning, Gale, Discovery Education Top List of New Statewide Ed Tech Expenditures by Mississippi

The Mississippi Department of Education’s provision of no-cost subscriptions to digital learning solutions for districts statewide, launched in January, is helping to close learning gaps for students in schools taking advantage of the six opt-in platforms, according to a news release, with a majority of Mississippi districts already using the subscriptions or planning to begin this summer.

Snap Mobile Acquires 8to18 and SchoolCNXT

Snap Mobile, parent company of the Snap Raise high school fundraising platform, today announced it has acquired CNXT Digital, the software company consisting of 8to18 and SchoolCNXT, furthering Snap Mobile’s goal to become a full-service administrative support platform for high school administrators, athletic directors, coaches and group leaders, according to a news release.

Pearson Acquires Mondly Online Language Learning Platform

Digital learning company Pearson today announced it has acquired language-learning platform Mondly, providing a path for Pearson to add self-study to its line of instructional and assessment solutions, according to a news release.

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