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Each year, millions of K-12 students experience hostile behaviors like bullying, hate speech, hate crimes, or assault. In school year 2018-19, about 1.3 million students, ages 12 to 18, were bullied for their race, religion, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased use of remote education, K-12 schools across the nation have increasingly reported ransomware and other types of cyberattacks.
Federal agencies offer products and services to help schools prevent and respond to cyberattacks.
When a college closes, students can be left with loans, no degree, and no path forward. Some of those students may be eligible for federal student loan forgiveness through a "closed school discharge" from the Department of Education.
Staffing levels at the Office of Federal Student Aid—the largest consumer lender in the country—have not kept pace with its growing student loan portfolio. We found that from FYs 2010-2019 borrowers increased almost 150%, but the office's staff increased 6%.