WFLA: Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates

WFLA: Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates . “A federal judge declined Wednesday to block a ban imposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami denied a request by parents of disabled children for a preliminary injunction against an executive order that DeSantis issued in July that served as the basis for the Florida Department of Health issuing a rule that required school districts to allow parents to opt out of any student mask mandates.”

Current: New nonprofit will expand digital health and education offerings through datacasting

Current: New nonprofit will expand digital health and education offerings through datacasting. “The Information Equity Initiative, announced Wednesday, builds on the work CEO Erik Langner began in his former role as president of the Signal Infrastructure Group. In partnership with three Pennsylvania PBS stations, led by WITF in the Harrisburg market, SIG announced what was then called the Public Media Educational Platform earlier this year. That platform provides the backbone for a system to transmit interactive programming and text to students in households that lack sufficient broadband access — a number Langner estimates may be as high as one in four students nationwide.”

Brown University: Database led by Brown economist reveals school-level look at COVID-19’s impact on K-12 education

Brown University: Database led by Brown economist reveals school-level look at COVID-19’s impact on K-12 education. “The COVID-19 School Data Hub, launched on Wednesday, Sept. 15 by Brown professor Emily Oster and a team of research colleagues, provides a detailed, school-by-school look at which schools and districts operated in person, virtually or in hybrid mode throughout the 2020-21 school year; how COVID-19 case rates rose and fell during that time; and, in some cases, how the pandemic affected enrollment and standardized test scores.”

WSB-TV: Nearly 30 Georgia teachers, staff lost to COVID-19 since start of school year

WSB-TV: Nearly 30 Georgia teachers, staff lost to COVID-19 since start of school year. “More than two dozen Georgia teachers and staff members have died of COVID-19 since the start of the school year in July, Channel 2 Action News can confirm. The youngest was just 24 years old. They were teachers and coaches. They were bus drivers and school resource officers. They were administrative assistants and day care teachers. They were lunchroom managers and education specialists.”

NBC News: Hackers are leaking children’s data — and there’s little parents can do

NBC News: Hackers are leaking children’s data — and there’s little parents can do. “Some schools contacted about the leaks appeared unaware of the problem. And even after schools are able to resume operations following an attack, parents have little recourse when their children’s information is leaked. Some of the data is personal, like medical conditions or family financial statuses. Other pieces of data, such as Social Security numbers or birthdays, are permanent indicators of who they are, and their theft can set up a child for a lifetime of potential identity theft.”

University of Kansas: Researcher Develops Website Featuring Maps Of School Segregation Across Us To Help Spur Research

University of Kansas: Researcher Develops Website Featuring Maps Of School Segregation Across Us To Help Spur Research . “The 2020 U.S. Census Bureau data shows that the United States population has grown more diverse and is increasingly urbanizing. Yet K-12 schools remain largely segregated. A new website developed by a University of Kansas researcher uses census and demographic data to build maps for all 50 states and the District of Columbia to explore where schools are most and least segregated to help inform discussions of how populations have shifted.”

MLive: New coronavirus outbreaks reported at 69 Michigan schools in the last week

MLive: New coronavirus outbreaks reported at 69 Michigan schools in the last week. “A total of 332 students and staff at 69 schools have been infected by the coronavirus in new school-related outbreaks, according to data released Monday, Sept. 13, by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Last week, the state reported 30 new outbreaks at K-12 school districts. This is a 130% increase, but school has only been in session for a few weeks. For most, classes began after Labor Day.”