Talk Out of School

Student Privacy, Data Breaches, and School Funding

Episode Summary

First, Leonie Haimson presented an update on NYC education news, including Sunday's vote of no confidence in the Mayor by the CSA, the school administrator’s union, the restart of in-person learning for elementary school students on Tuesday, and NYC's COVID positivity rate rising above 3% the same day, which will cause another systemwide school shutdown if it continues for seven days. Then she spoke with Doug Levin, President of the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, about the increased number of data breaches, ransomware, and other cyberattacks on school systems in NY and throughout the country as more instruction has moved online, which poses a serious threat to the operation of districts and the privacy of students and staff. Finally, she interviewed NY State Senator Brad Hoylman about his views on education issues, including unaddressed dyslexia, legislation to raise taxes on the wealthy to allow for more school funding and prevent additional cuts, the need to improve charter school accountability, and rising discontent with Mayoral control.

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