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In response to this afternoon's CALPADS listserv meme . . . .  Have a great weekend my fellow CALPADIANS.  You've earned it!
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The Value of Knowing Your School's Security Weaknesses


Many schools in California are rolling out "one-to-one" computing initiatives, to supplement existing policies of bring your own device (BYOD) programs to advance digital curriculum in K-12. These changes provide amazing educational opportunities for students and staff alike, but introduce new challenges. One of the most pressing is ensuring security while more than doubling the endpoints involved. We believe that intelligence and visibility are powerful, particularly when it comes to cyber-security threats and the defense against them. K-12 schools are particularly vulnerable targets because they have transient and often novice populations. Today's students are digital natives who are very ...
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E-Rate Update - January 2, 2018 - Issue 18-01

Important Funding Year 2018 Dates and Deadlines The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) announced on December 14, 2017 the E-rate Funding Year 2018-19 application filing window dates. • The administrative Window (used to update Entity Profiles in the E-rate Productivity Center) closes January 10, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.• The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 471 window: opens January 11, 2018 at noon EST and closes March 22, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.• The last day to file the FCC Form 470 is February 22, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  The EPC Administrative Window is Open until January 10 at 11:59 p.m. EST! This is our second reminder encouraging Local Education...
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Here's the FCC's Net Neutrality statement from Dec 14, 2017

FCC ACTS TO RESTORE INTERNET FREEDOM Reverses Title II Framework, Increases Transparency to Protect Consumers, Spur Investment, Innovation, and Competition -- WASHINGTON, December 14, 2017—The Federal Communications Commission today voted to restore the longstanding, bipartisan light-touch regulatory framework that has fostered rapid Internet growth, openness, and freedom for nearly 20 years. Following detailed legal and economic analysis, as well as extensive examination of comments from consumers and stakeholders, the Commission reversed the FCC's 2015 heavy-handed utility-style regulation of broadband Internet access service, which imposed substantial costs on the entire Internet ecosyste...
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Illuminate Education acquires eduCLIMBER

Illuminate Education, the company transforming K-12 instruction through educational intelligence solutions, has joined forces with eduCLIMBER, a unique cloud-based data system that increases efficiency and accuracy of data analysis to improve student outcomes. eduCLIMBER is based in Evansville, Wis. and currently serves hundreds of school districts. The dynamic combination will add eduCLIMBER's data capabilities, which focus on the visualization of both academic and behavioral data, to Illuminate Education's established Education Intelligence Platform. The companies' aligned missions and complementary technologies will allow them to provide increasingly more useful and user-friendly data to ...
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E-Rate News Brief - December 14, 2017

E-rate Funding Year 2018 Application Filing Window Opens January 11, 2018 I am pleased to announce the Funding Year (FY) 2018 FCC Form 471 application filing window opens Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 12:00 noon EST and closes on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 11:59 PM EDT. This filing window is more in keeping with those used in prior funding years. Applicants can begin preparing now for the successful filing of their FY 2018 funding applications by taking the following steps:Step 1 - Install Browser Updates: Google Chrome is the preferred browser for EPC, but no matter which browser you use, be sure the latest version is installed on your computer. Step 2 - Establish Account and U...
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CALPADS Fall 1 Deadline Postponed!

Editor's note:  This just came across the CSIS listserv: Dear LEA Representative: We have determined the recent slowdown in CALPADS is due to sheer volume in the last week of the deadline. We were not able to get more LEAs certified earlier and reduce the load on the system prior to the deadline. As of Monday, 12/11/2017 only 50% of the 1,906 LEAs in the state had certified Fall 1. While we work to encourage LEAs to certify throughout the submission window we were unsuccessful to encourage more to complete sooner. So, due to this high volume causing extreme slowness with rendering reports and related screens, and the closure of some number of districts due to fires, the 2017 Fall 1 cert...
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So. California school closures due to wildfires

LAUSD Closes San Fernando Valley Schools Due To Wildfires « CBS Los Angeles Hundreds of schools are closed Wednesday due to a new fire in the Sepulveda Pass and ongoing fires burning elsewhere across Southern California. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/12/06/school-closures-la-fires/ Here's a link to a CBS website story about the school district closures as a result of the wildfires.
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CEDS Normalized Data Structure (NDS) Overview

Interesting video describing the CEDS (Common Education Data Standards) 

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CALPADS Update Flash #132

Dear LEA Representative: The attached CALPADS Update FLASH #132 provides information about the following topics: · Aligning Guidance Regarding When to Disenroll Truants to Support Practices to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism, Truancy, and Dropoutso When should an LEA disenroll a student who has been enrolled and attending school and then becomes habitually truant and appears to have dropped out?o Statutory steps for addressing truancy; exit optionso Are LEAs responsible for students who are expected to return the following school year, but who do not show up ("no shows")?o When should a student be exited with E400 – OtherOrUnknown?· Changes to CALPADS Field and Code Definitions to Support Guidanc...
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District Boundary Navigator

Very cool nationwide online map of district boundaries just released:   https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolmap/   Not yet able to download the files that would allow you to import into your SIS, but this looks promising. The U.S. Department of Education tool, School & District Navigator, was developed to provide a geographic presentation of the Common Core of Data's (CCD) public school and public school district datasets.The CCD is a program of the U.S. Department of Educations National Center for Education Statistics that annually collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States. The data ar...
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"Catch-All" Chrome Extension Silently Steals Your Data

A new malicious Google Chrome extension steals any data victims enter into any website they visit reports the security team over at Barkly.com. Malicious browser extensions are unfortunately nothing new, but a newly discovered example analyzed by Morphus Labs Chief Research Officer Renato Marinho is a good indication of how advanced and dangerous they're becoming. Appropriately dubbed "Catch-All," this malicious Google Chrome extension captures all the data posted by its victims — including usernames, passwords, etc. — on any website they visit and transmits it into the hands of cyber criminals. Read the entire article at Barkly.com.
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CDE E-Rate News Flash October 20, 2017 Issue 17-13

E-Rate News Flash E-rate Funding Year 16 (2016–17) Invoicing Deadline Monthly recurring services received between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 have an invoicing deadline of October 30, 2017. Invoicing is accomplished using one of two methods.      1.  The local education agency (LEA) submits the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 472, also known as the Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) form, to the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to receive reimbursement, after each invoice is paid in full.     2.   The Service Provider submits FCC Form 474, also known as the Servic...
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New Chronic Absentee Intervention Program offered through West (Makers of SchoolMessenger)

To help schools combat chronic absenteeism, West's SchoolMessenger solutions today launched its Chronic Absenteeism Intervention Program (CAIP). CAIP combines the proven elements of SchoolMessenger Communicate, the most-trusted K-12 notification service, and SafeArrival, a unique student attendance management tool, with a set of professional services that support schools as they plan and implement a program to reduce chronic absenteeism. The impact of chronic absenteeism is well documented. A U.S. Department of Education study, "Chronic Absenteeism in the Nation's Schools," revealed that students who are chronically absent in preK-1 grades are much less likely to read at grade level by the t...
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Serious flaw discovered in WPA2 security protocol

Several tech news outlets are reporting this morning on the discovery of a new vulnerability that basically destroys WPA2 as a security protocol.  The exploits, which are explained in detail on the KrackAttacks.com website, use a weakness to read information assumed to be safely encrypted.  The most troubling aspect of this attack, in addition to it now being widely known, is how widespread the use of this security protocol is, and how many systems this will ultimately impact.   Also, changing the passwords will have no effect (unless those passwords were so easy as to be hacked through traditional methods).  But this newly discovered exploit can attack even the most comp...

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USAC Schools and Libraries News Brief October 13, 2017

Commitments for Funding Years 2017 and 2016Funding Year 2017. USAC is scheduled to release Funding Year (FY) 2017 Wave 21 Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) on October 20. As of October 13, FY2017 commitments total over $1.48 billion.Funding Year 2016. USAC is scheduled to release Wave 66 FCDLs on October 17. As of October 13, FY2016 commitments total just under $2.91 billion.On the date that FCDLs are issued, you can access your FCDL notification from the Notifications section of your landing page in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC).FCC Releases FY2018 Eligible Services ListOn October 5, 2017, in Public Notice DA 17-973, the FCC released the Eligible Services List (ESL) fo...
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EdSource releases map of homeless student rates in CA schools

This is a truly fascinating use of "big data."   Kudos to Daniel Willis over at EdSource for creating a map that highlights where student homelessness is greatest throughout the state.  You can see the map here at this link:  https://edsource.org/2017/california-map-shows-hot-spots-of-homeless-students/588165.  To my memory this is the first time I have seen an actual "heat map" of the geographical locations where student homelessness is more pervasive than other areas.  Hopefully with the LCFF process additional resources will flow to these students and these schools to have a positive impact on their learning and continuity of educational services. &...
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USAC E-Rate News Brief October 6, 2017

Commitments for Funding Years 2017 and 2016 Funding Year 2017. USAC is scheduled to release Funding Year (FY) 2017 Wave 20 Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDLs) on October 12. As of October 6, FY2017 commitments total over $1.43 billion. Funding Year 2016. USAC is scheduled to release Wave 65 FCDLs on October 10. As of October 6, FY2016 commitments total over $2.90 billion. On the date that FCDLs are issued, you can access your FCDL notification from the Notifications section of your landing page in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC). Update on Fall Training USAC will be conducting in-person E-rate training sessions for 2017 at these four locations: Washington, DC area on October 10 ...
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Desert Sands USD selects Edupoint as new SIS

LA QUINTA, Calif., Oct. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Edupoint® Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy Education Platform for K-12 student information, learning management, and assessment, has been selected by Desert Sands Unified School District to implement Edupoint's Synergy® Student Information System (SIS), replacing eSchoolPLUS™ (now owned by PowerSchool®). The district's Synergy solution includes the fully-integrated Synergy Online Registration and Synergy Assessment modules. Desert Sands Unified School District serves approximately 29,000 students at 34 schools in Southern California'sCoachella Valley. Synergy SIS provides the richest feature set in the industry to he...
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Happy Census Day!

Census Day is the one day within the Academic Year on which an official enrollment count is taken. For the Fall Calpads data collection, Census Day is the first Wednesday in October. Students who are enrolled in a particular school on this day are counted in various ways towards overall enrollment and additional considerations.​
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