1-10-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--NJ Has Weak System of State Support for Black and Latino College Students — Report

Higher education in NJ is hobbled by inequities that leave many minority students ill-equipped for college and the job market, authors contend

Higher education in New Jersey is failing its black and Latino students, according to a new report. And, if that inequity is not addressed soon, the state’s economy will suffer, the authors say.


Carly Sitrin | January 10, 2019



Washington Post--Education Dept. steps up to help students stymied by financial aid application requirements

The U.S. Education Department will make it easier for families to provide proof of their income, clearing the way for some of the neediest college students to gain access to federal loans and grants.

The announcement arrives as ongoing disruptions at the Internal Revenue Service are hindering some students from verifying information on their financial aid applications, which could prevent them from enrolling in the spring semester or following academic year.


Danielle Douglas-Gabriel and Brian Fung| January 9 at 9:04 PM



NPR--Alexa Can Help Kids With Homework, But Don't Forget Problem-Solving Skills

"Alexa, what's 5 minus 3?"

A 6-year-old boy recently asked that question in a video, which went viral on Twitter with more than 8.5 million views. He leaned over his homework as his mother hovered in the doorway. Alexa, Amazon's voice-activated assistant, delivered a quick answer: 2.

"Booooy," the mother chastised her son.

It's cute, but it raises a question that's been on the minds of many parents and educators lately: How do virtual assistants like Alexa, which are increasingly common in households, affect children's learning experiences?


Jasmine Garsd| January 10, 2019