529 Plans

Treasury: 529 Plans Provide Michiganders a Way to Save for College

In honor of April as National Financial Literacy Month, the Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding Michiganders about the importance of saving for college and using a 529 plan as a way to save. A 529 plan is an education savings plan designed to help families set aside money for future education expenses. Contributions provide state income tax deductions and earnings in a plan grow tax free and are exempt at the federal and state level. […]

District of Columbia

STEM, Students and Space: HCC to Launch Innovative New Challenger Learning Center in Houston

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — Houston Community College (HCC) is on a mission to thrill and educate young students in simulated flights to Mars, the Moon and beyond. That mission was officially launched in Greater Houston area this past Thursday, April 12, when HCC joined Challenger Center President and CEO Lance Bush to announce the new Challenger Learning Center – a place where elementary, middle and high school students will be taught how to apply the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math to a trip to outer space. […]


COMMENTARY: What NAEP Scores Aren’t Telling Us – Education Week

For two decades, as part of repeated research studies, thousands of participants from diverse backgrounds have watched the same video of college students playing basketball in a circle. Participants are told to count how many times the students wearing white shirts pass the basketball. Stunningly, roughly half of the participants become so distracted trying to count the passes that they completely miss something extraordinary: a student dressed in gorilla suit who walks into the middle of the scene and thumps her chest before walking out of the frame nine seconds later. […]

K12 Education

Upper Peninsula Lags the Rest of Michigan in Saving for College, New Michigan Education Trust Survey Finds

The study by the state’s 529 prepaid tuition program discovered that 47 percent of U.P. families are saving for college, compared with 56 percent in Southeast Michigan and 53 percent in both South-central and West Michigan. The Saginaw Bay region, also at 47 percent, is the only part of the state with an average savings rate as low as the U.P.’s. […]

Jay-Z poses with his mother, Gloria Carter . (Photo by Jamie McCarthy)
K12 Education

Jay-Z’s new 2018 scholarship program

THE LEGACY NEWSPAPER — The Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship provides financial support to high school students as well as undergraduate students entering college for the first time. The purpose of the scholarship is to help under-served students who may not be eligible for other scholarships. […]