A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | April 14

by Kelly Lynch-Stange   |   Apr 14, 2017
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On Wednesday, New York became the first state to offer free tuition to full-time students who attend in-state public colleges and universities. Families who make less than $100,000 per year are eligible, and students are required to remain in the state for the equivalent amount of time that they are enrolled in school. That income limit will shift to $125,00 in two years. The move has been met with both praise and criticism. NewsHour reports on potential issues surrounding the grant and explores other states that may soon implement free tuition plans of their own.

New York becomes first state to offer free four-year college tuition

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Wednesday providing free tuition to students attending the state's public colleges and universities, making New York the first state to offer free four-year college. The New York legislature greenlit the program last week as a part of the state budget.


On Thursday, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy welcomed Kansas City Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell and Sprint executives to introduce a program aimed at bridging the digital divide among students. As a part of the visit, Sprint announced that their 1Million Project would distribute free wireless hotspots to approximately 500 KCPS high schoolers. The pilot program provides free mobile devices and free wireless service to students without internet access in the home. 

KCPS Students Receive Free Mobile Devices and Wireless Service as Part of the Sprint 1Million Project

Kansas City, Mo., April 12, 2017: Kansas City Public Schools students have a new way to keep up with their school work from home. (NYSE:S) and Sprint Foundation's KCPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell and Sprint executives met with student participants and distributed free wireless hotspots today at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy as part of the Sprint 1Million Project .


The Obama Administration previously issued two memos intended to help protect student loan borrowers. On Tuesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos withdrew the memos in what she reports is an effort to limit "the cost to taxpayers" and "increase customer service and accountability." Critics of the move say this creates extra work for borrowers and less transparency.

Will Betsy DeVos' rollback of two Obama memos impact you?

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday rolled back two Obama-era memos intended to help protect student loan borrowers. Student loan contracts aren't serviced in-house by the Federal Student Aid Office. Instead, they are managed by third-party companies, which are awarded contracts by the government.


In 2007, a program known as Public Service Loan Forgiveness was introduced to allow some student loan borrowers to have the balance of their student loans forgiven after 10 years of both on-time payments and work in public sector jobs that met certain eligibility factors. This fall would have marked the first forgiveness for some, but a group of borrowers are finding they are no longer eligible. NPR explores what this means for the more than half a million borrowers who are signed up for the program and looks to the Department of Education to provide answers.

Teachers, Lawyers And Others Worry About The Fate Of Student Debt Forgiveness

Imagine if one notice from the federal government could cause you to question your major life decisions. More than half a million people may have found themselves in that situation after a new legal filing by the Education Department.

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