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Despite Controversy, Guns Allowed In Some Schools In This State

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Students on some of Pennsylvania’s college campuses might be carrying more than books. At least five Pennsylvania state-owned universities are now allowing guns on campus after the state’s lawyers concluded that an outright ban on weapons was likely unconstitutional.

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South African News (May 3rd, 2013)

The pilot of the private jet of the wealthy South African Gupta family is being charged R80,000 for landing at the Waterkloof Airforce Base without a foreign operator permit. Apparently, he is was in the process of acquiring one. The plane was carrying the guests for the wedding of Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia and was found to be in proper working order in every way except for missing the permit. Five high ranking officials have been suspended for the unauthorized landing. 

The Guptas own the New Age Newspaper and Sahara computers. 

When the Culture of Openness Fails

ATC - “Hi, honey,” I asked my daughter on Thursday when I arrived at home, “how was school?”

“Well, Dad,” she started, “all my confidential information has been stolen.

“What?!?” I sat down, a bit stunned that now, every member of my family–except my son–has had their confidential information compromised. As much as I believe in openness, I can’t believe how often unencrypted data finds its way into the hands of thieves, especially with identity theft so high.

“Yeah, one of the teachers at my school had information for 1,253 students on an external USB hard drive. He left the hard drive in his car and it was broken into.” One of the key points in the news article is a quote attributed to an  administrator that implies, because the school is under-staffed, that it’s OK to let staff take unencrypted data home to work.
Garcia said the teacher has been reprimanded but added that NESA has a small staff and the teachers, who are busy with instruction during the day, often have to take work home with them. Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/article/Burglar-took-student-data-3512487.php#ixzz1tIGFRiJC Furthermore, a valid criticism may be that the school district only advised parents to review their bank accounts, credit cards, etc. to check for suspicious activity. In the past, other school districts haven’t considered that an acceptable response to data theft. According to some, the school district (or any offending agency) should pay for Equifax and similar organizations to monitor credit accounts, providing periodic updates to students (many of them just starting college) and their parents about suspicious activity.

You know, as I reflect on this information, it occurs to me that the District in question has joined the Texas Teacher Retirement System (TRS), the Texas Comptroller in failing to properly encrypt confidential data for public school staff and students. Consider that my 82-year old mother (a retired educator of over 36 years), my wife (a public school educator), and now, my daughter, and I have ALL had our data stolen due to lack of encrypted data.

The problem, obviously, is that the folks in question who deal with confidential data in public schools are encrypting…maybe it’s just not a priority, and it should be. And, we only hear about the unencrypted data breaches because, as I recall,_ those with encrypted data that is stolen do not have to report it._

LifeHacker.com recently shared their response to the question, Do you really need to encrypt every file on your computer? A better question might be, _Do you really need to encrypt every file on your portable media?_ Obviously in the case of the various organization staff members, the answer is a resounding YES.

Here’s my comment that I left on the LifeHacker site…why don’t you give AESCrypt a chance and encrypt every file you save to a portable drive? It’s easy to unencrypt, encrypt, etc.
Howdy! I would like to suggest another alternative–instead of using TrueCrypt (great solution)–consider encrypting individual files (or zips of files, if you prefer) using the free, open source, cross-platform solution, AESCrypt.com. It’s an excellent tool right-click for Windows, and command line for Linux and Mac. Here’s more info on it: [www.mguhlin.org]I really wish school districts would pay more attention to this kind of advice that you offer. Just yesterday, I found out that over 1000 students’ confidential data had been left unencrypted on an external USB hard drive. If that data had been encrypted, the school district wouldn’t have to endure having to pay for credit protection for students, their families, and the public embarrassment! How are you protecting confidential documents in the context of K-12 public schools?

http://dlvr.it/1dFP8D

chronicle.com
Communication and Counseling Are Keys to a Safer Campus

“On another front, funds have been set aside for mental health. Last month Congress approved $2.75-million for a new National Center for Campus Public Safety, which will provide research, training, and best practices to colleges.

Those are important steps in the right direction. But six years after the worst campus attack in American history, are classrooms really less vulnerable?”

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South African News (March 25th, 2013)

Police in South Africa dragged a Mozambican taxi driver behind their car by handcuffs they had attached to the truck. People looked on in horror as the man was dragged to the station, where he later died. This was a harsh reminder of the violence that has exploded in South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. Back then, police were mostly white, serving an abusive white government that gave privilege to 20% of the South African population. Now the police are mostly black and work for a democratic government, but the violence has not desisted. Police are taught to be tough, and that is causing outrage in the citizens.

The Bus is Leaving - Saying Goodbye to Current Work Place

ATC -

Please notice the zombie in the middle panel…more on that later!

Thursday (04/26/2012) is my last day in the San Antonio ISD as their Director of Instructional Technology & Learning Services (ITLS). I began in June, 2002 and I have accepted a position with the East Central ISD as their Director of Technology, where I will start on April 30, 2012.

As you might imagine, I was delighted to receive this work of art (above) from my team earlier this week. Created by Molly Valdez (Virtual Learning Coordinator) and designed by all my team–notice the signatures–you can see what they imagine what my life will be like in my new workplace! What a laugh to get to the last panel!
Note: Although my disclaimer at the bottom of every blog post shares that what I write in this blog doesn’t reflect the opinions of my employer(s), I also practice a “Don’t write about work” policy except when it’s to highlight awesome stuff. Today, I’m sorta breaking that rule to share what some of you already know–I’m leaving San Antonio ISD after almost 10 years of service (June 3, 2012 would have been my 10 year marker!). It’s hard to believe I’ll be stepping out of my role as Director of Instructional Technology for the San Antonio ISD, and transitioning to a new role as Director of Technology for the East Central ISD!! When I think of everything I’ve accomplished in the San Antonio ISD, I immediately realize that it was impossible without an incredible team of folks, some of them who have passed away, retired, moved on to bigger and better things, or remain offering service to the SAISD community of educators.

Left to Right: Molly V., Tonya M., somebody walking by, Claude A., Josie Salas and
thanks to teammates
who couldn’t be included, like Diana Benner, Sue Harris, Tamara Holcomb, Laura Lopez, Sylvia Martinez,
Greg Rodriguez, Larry Stegall, and Curt Zaumeyer (deceased) who have moved on to other positions or
passed away.

I also couldn’t have done anything without a wonderfully supportive supervisor, Patricia Holub:


…and wonderful friends like Carol Frausto (Director of Advanced Academic Services) and many others:


When I first arrived in SAISD, I had a list of projects to implement and I tried to do them all before the end of the first 6 months (ok, 2 months). As far as I was concerned, “The bus was leaving and you better get on it!” (no, I didn’t know about Jim Collins at the time). As an educator, I’ve always believed that the people on the bus, in the classroom, on your team ARE the right people…you just need to help them align their strengths with the needs of the organization. What a phenomenal change in leadership style after learning how important it is to empower others to achieve greatness, and less about your ideas and projects.

Since that time, I’ve had wonderful opportunities to work with talented team members, such as Tonya Mills who presented me with this graphic design work…you have to appreciate our sense of humor as we anticipate the zombie apocalypse foretold in the chronicles of The Walking Dead:

 
From the Technology Department card….


Below are some of the kind words principals have emailed:

* Good Luck Miguel, you were TOPS in my book!
* Thank you for your dedication and innovative programs. Your continuous support on an individual bases has been well acknowledge by me and my colleagues .We will miss you and wish you the best on your new position.
* It has been a pleasure working with you. It is with mixed feeling that I say “good bye”, I  am so sad to have you leave, but happy that you have a new adventure beginning
* _Congratulations are in order for your promotion. You’ve done a great job at SAISD and our students will benefit from the technological advances you’ve helped create. Best of Luck to you at East Central._
* _You will greatly be missed.  I enjoyed working with you and your support for our campus was outstanding.  Every time I called, you were readily and available to address our needs and for that I am very grateful to you.  Once again, best of luck to you. _
* Congratulations! Thank you for your support!
* Best of luck, sir!  You will be sorely missed.
* Best wishes in  your new position, Miguel! THANK YOU for always helping me and my staff when we needed help. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!
* We will miss you Miguel.  Best wishes to you in your new position and Congratulations.  I wish you the BEST!!!
* Congratulations! We will miss you. Best of luck to you.
* Best wishes, you’ve always been very helpful to me.
* Miguel, I will miss you and thanks for your help.

A quick shout-out: I am also grateful to Josie Salas’ daughter-in-law, _Valerie_. She was kind enough to bake some awesome “upside down” cake (Josie flipped the cake container on her way into work, so we’re calling it “Angry Cake” by way of saying she was protesting) and brownies:

This completely blew my diet for today out of the water! Grr…

Here’s Josie looking angry, a prerequisite for angry cake (I really had to push her on this):

Thanks to all for your wonderful emails, gifts, and everything else! In truth, the gift of yourselves and what you have taught me is sufficient in itself.

And, finally, looking forward to my time in East Central ISD:

That’s me at the ECISD Board Meeting being introduced with  my family!


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Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital to open in 2016

Construction of the much anticipated Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is going smoothly and is expected to be completed in February 2016.

On Monday, the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital’s Trust, Sibongile Mkhabela, told SAnews on completion of the hospital’s construction it will be handed over for equipment and interior design features to be installed.

“The official opening will then take place late 2016,” said Mkhabela.

Mkhabela said about 150 doctors and 451 paediatric nursing professionals will be employed once the hospital opens its doors.

The first phase of the recruitment process for the hospital, which is being built in Parktown, Johannesburg, has already started.

“There are two aspects to the planning of the recruitment for the hospital. Firstly, is the need to upskill nurses as well as fellowship training (post-graduate doctor training). Training for nurses started in 2014 and will be ongoing, and the fellowship training will begin in the second half of this year.

“Secondly, the actual recruitment process which will be led by an appointed Human Resource Committee. The process of recruiting staff is to start in the last quarter of 2015,” said the CEO.

Last week, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust received a R861 074.27 donation from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and Diplomatic Community during the International Nelson Mandela Day celebration in Winterveld, Pretoria.

Mkhabela said the trust is honoured to have received the support from the department, its representatives abroad, and the diplomatic community at large.

“The advocacy displayed by Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo in not only raising awareness but also ensuring a successful fundraising event is admirable,” she said.

Seokolo is South Africa’s Ambassador to Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia. He is also the Permanent Representative to the International Organisations.

“We are also proud that South Africans headed the call to action to support us as we make Madiba’s dream a reality. It is because we were able to raise the initial funding locally that we were able to stand proud as we invited international donors to join us as partners in this legacy project,” she said.

The hospital will be the second one dedicated to children in South Africa, the first is the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, in Cape Town.

- SAnews.gov.za

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When the Culture of Openness Fails

“Hi, honey,” I asked my daughter on Thursday when I arrived at home, “how was school?”

“Well, Dad,” she started, “all my confidential information has been stolen.

“What?!?” I sat down, a bit stunned that now, every member of my family–except my son–has had their confidential information compromised. As much as I believe in openness, I can’t believe how often unencrypted data finds its way into the hands of thieves, especially with identity theft so high.

“Yeah, one of the teachers at my school had information for 1,253 students on an external USB hard drive. He left the hard drive in his car and it was broken into.” One of the key points in the news article is a quote attributed to an  administrator that implies, because the school is under-staffed, that it’s OK to let staff take unencrypted data home to work.
Garcia said the teacher has been reprimanded but added that NESA has a small staff and the teachers, who are busy with instruction during the day, often have to take work home with them. Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/article/Burglar-took-student-data-3512487.php#ixzz1tIGFRiJC Furthermore, a valid criticism may be that the school district only advised parents to review their bank accounts, credit cards, etc. to check for suspicious activity. In the past, other school districts haven’t considered that an acceptable response to data theft. According to some, the school district (or any offending agency) should pay for Equifax and similar organizations to monitor credit accounts, providing periodic updates to students (many of them just starting college) and their parents about suspicious activity.

You know, as I reflect on this information, it occurs to me that the District in question has joined the Texas Teacher Retirement System (TRS), the Texas Comptroller in failing to properly encrypt confidential data for public school staff and students. Consider that my 82-year old mother (a retired educator of over 36 years), my wife (a public school educator), and now, my daughter, and I have ALL had our data stolen due to lack of encrypted data.

The problem, obviously, is that the folks in question who deal with confidential data in public schools are encrypting…maybe it’s just not a priority, and it should be. And, we only hear about the unencrypted data breaches because, as I recall,_ those with encrypted data that is stolen do not have to report it._

LifeHacker.com recently shared their response to the question, Do you really need to encrypt every file on your computer? A better question might be, _Do you really need to encrypt every file on your portable media?_ Obviously in the case of the various organization staff members, the answer is a resounding YES.

Here’s my comment that I left on the LifeHacker site…why don’t you give AESCrypt a chance and encrypt every file you save to a portable drive? It’s easy to unencrypt, encrypt, etc.
Howdy! I would like to suggest another alternative–instead of using TrueCrypt (great solution)–consider encrypting individual files (or zips of files, if you prefer) using the free, open source, cross-platform solution, AESCrypt.com. It’s an excellent tool right-click for Windows, and command line for Linux and Mac. Here’s more info on it: [www.mguhlin.org]I really wish school districts would pay more attention to this kind of advice that you offer. Just yesterday, I found out that over 1000 students’ confidential data had been left unencrypted on an external USB hard drive. If that data had been encrypted, the school district wouldn’t have to endure having to pay for credit protection for students, their families, and the public embarrassment! How are you protecting confidential documents in the context of K-12 public schools?

http://dlvr.it/1W4B94

Govt to address service delivery in NW

The Presidency says the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation will liaise with the North West Government and affected departments with regard to concerns raised about service delivery matters in the province.

The Presidency on Thursday said the department has been assigned by President Jacob Zuma to look into the service delivery matters that include water and sanitation, roads infrastructure, public works programmes and general management of the municipality.

This after the United Democratic Movement leader and Member of Parliament, General Bantu Holomisa, wrote to the President raising the challenges that are facing Moretele Local Municipality, in the North West.

“General Holomisa has written to the President raising concerns… The department will liaise with the province and other affected departments,” said the Presidency. – SAnews.gov.za

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