EdWeek: Schools Are Deploying Massive Digital Surveillance Systems. The Results Are Alarming

EdWeek: Schools Are Deploying Massive Digital Surveillance Systems. The Results Are Alarming. “Such is the new reality for America’s schools, which are hastily erecting a massive digital surveillance infrastructure, often with little regard for either its effectiveness or its impact on civil liberties.”

Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington DC: Mayor Bowser Launches EdScape Beta, A New Planning Tool for Public Education

Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia: Mayor Bowser Launches EdScape Beta, A New Planning Tool for Public Education. “Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn released EdScape Beta, a powerful new planning tool that provides information about the landscape of DC’s public schools and students. EdScape Beta will support policymakers, agencies, and schools in making data-driven decisions to inform and support programs and school planning.”

Phys .org: Student ‘geek squads’ maintain school devices, help teachers

Phys .org: Student ‘geek squads’ maintain school devices, help teachers. “Buffalo kindergarten teacher Maria Spurlock was still struggling after trying for more than a week to get a reading app working on all of her classroom iPads. When she learned her building had a new team of technical experts, she put in a request for help. In walked 11-year-old Arefa Zaman, a sixth-grader with silver sneakers and a yellow ‘tech squad’ T-shirt, who quickly went to work.”

EdSurge: K-12 Leaders Unite for ‘Check the Privacy,’ a One-Stop Shop for Safe Classroom Tech

EdSurge: K-12 Leaders Unite for ‘Check the Privacy,’ a One-Stop Shop for Safe Classroom Tech. “Check the Privacy contains a searchable library of more than 7,000 edtech products, with information about their privacy protections, compliance with major student data privacy legislation and endorsements by major organizations and privacy projects.”

Average teacher pay, textbook funding, class sizes: NC debuts new school finances website (WRAL)

WRAL: Average teacher pay, textbook funding, class sizes: NC debuts new school finances website. “The site debuted Thursday and shows financial info for every school system in the state, including average teacher salaries, textbook funding and class sizes. Similar to the state’s School Report Card website, the new dashboard will allow state and local leaders, researchers, news media, community members, and educators and parents to learn more about the funding that goes into, and is spent on, the state’s K-12 public schools.”

Giving facts a fighting chance: Learning how to know what to believe (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Giving facts a fighting chance: Learning how to know what to believe. “In an era when the president of the United States derides real news as ‘fake’ and the truth is often ignored, the ability to distinguish fact from fiction is as important a skill as any other that kids learn in school. That’s what the nonprofit News Literacy Project is doing in schools around the country: providing resources and working with educators to teach middle school and high school students how to know what news and information to trust.”

Georgia Archives Virtual Vault: Historic Schools Photograph Collection

Georgia Archives Virtual Vault: Historic Schools Photograph Collection. “The Historic Schools Photograph Collection contains approximately 1,800 images taken by the Georgia Department of Education in the 1950s. The images show Georgia primary and secondary public schools that were scheduled for demolition. The collection includes both white and African American schools from across the state.”