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GOP Works to Throw Out Obama Education Rules

As supporters and opponents of President Trump's choice for education secretary decide what the department will look like with Betsy DeVos at the helm, a powerful Congressional committee is pushing forward with a rollback of new rules put in place as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Higher Education Act (HEA). Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Rules Committee met to consider "congressional disapproval" of two rules, one related to teacher preparation programs and the other related to accountability and state education plans.

Report: Number of Ransomware Attacks Grew Nearly 17 Times Larger in 2016

Ransomware surged 16,700 percent from 2015 to 2016, though unique malware samples declined over the same period, according to a new report from network security firm SonicWall.

George Mason U Signs with Outsourcer to Train Students in Coding

The Virginia university has agreed to promote Revature technology training to students and recent graduates via online or on-site.

Democrats Speaking for Next 24 Hours to Try to Derail Nomination of DeVos for ED Secretary

Senate Democrats are speaking on the floor of the chamber for the next 24 hours, in an effort to derail the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Education (ED).



Apple Releases Education Bundle With Video, Audio Editing Tools

Apple has introduced the Pro Apps Bundle for Education, available for K–12 and higher ed institutions, which includes Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X and other video and audio editing tools for a third of the collective price.

CUNY to Cut Textbook Costs Through Online Bookstore Service

The City University of New York is turning to online bookstore provider Akademos to help address the rising cost of textbooks.

Online Courses Marketplace Launches Live, Affordable Tutoring Service

TakeLessons, an online marketplace for finding and vetting instructors, earlier this week introduced an affordable way for learners of all ages to receive live instruction from real teachers over the internet.

Elsevier Continues to Expand Journal Analytics Through Acquisition

Elsevier, a provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, Thursday unveiled the acquisition Plum Analytic from EBSCO Information Services.

Senate Votes to Close Debate on DeVos, Conduct Full Vote Next Week

The United States Senate voted early Friday to advance the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of the Department of Education (ED) to a full note next week. By a 52-48 vote along party lines, the Senate voted to close debate on DeVos’ nomination by President Donald Trump, which has been one of his most controversial cabinet picks and could be the most contentious nomination for an ED secretary in American history.

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