The educational system has an enormous gap between high-tech, well-funded colleges and universities to low income and even lower budgeted school districts. Higher education schools can host new and improved student platforms, administrative systems, or on-site technology while lower end schools are barely scraping by with the bare minimums. Both are equally targetable and should hold up to the same standards of protection requirements.
Higher education cyber-attacks can target individuals, research, or intellectual property held by the staff, students, or the school itself. Low income/budgeted schools hold countless user information and are just as likely to be compromised. No other industry has more untrained individuals connecting so freely to the network.