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Coalition Update:
Two New Aerospace Groups Join Coalition's  Leadership Council

Two related aerospace organizations have joined the Coalition's Leadership Council. The first is the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC). ATEC is a coalition of schools that educate airline repair and manufacturing technicians of many different kinds. Their members range from universities to trade schools to community colleges and they are nationwide. 


The second is the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA). ARSA represents the thousands of airline and airport repair businesses across the country. Most of ARSA's members are small and medium sized businesses and the industry is surprisingly global, with airlines sending their repair work to the lowest bidder globally.

Read more here.

Top Article:
A Clash Over Road to Tech's Future
Times Union
Rep. Paul Tonko is in the middle of a pitched battle on Capitol Hill over a measure to continue billions in federal support for scientific research, a commitment that he sees as key to revitalizing upstate New York's manufacturing  economy.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.

The Long Haul: ESEA Reauthorization Timeline
Education Week

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., had their fingers crossed that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would schedule their bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill for debate before the May 22 Memorial Day recess. But with McConnell having just teed up a debate on trade instead, that timeline now seems unlikely.

Read more here.

Research. Going...Going...Gone?


When people are asked what scientists do, too often the answer is "Oh, they wear a white coat and have a lot of academic degrees and work in the back of a laboratory studying the chemistry of butterfly wings." In short, the public, writ large, does not relate scientific research  to its own well-being. So who should care, other than perhaps a few scientists? Well, for starters, the answer is (1) anyone who wants to have a job, (2) anyone who seeks the kind of lifestyle most Americans enjoy today, and (3) the not inconsiderable fraction of readers of this piece who otherwise would not be alive. 

Read more here. 

Moore's Law Turns 50
NY Times

Thanks to Common Core, Most States Will Finally Close the "Honesty Gap"
Fordham Institute
In 2007, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute published what was probably the most influential study in our eighteen-year history: The Proficiency Illusion . Using data from state tests and NWEA's Measures of Academic Progress, our partners at NWEA estimated the "proficiency cut scores" of most of the states in the country. We expected to find a race to the bottom during the No Child Left Behind era; instead we found a walk to the middle. Importantly, though, we also demonstrated the vast discrepancies from state to state-and within states, from subject to subject and even grade to grade-when it came to what counted as "proficient."

Read more here.

 American is Failing its Children by not Teaching Code in Every High School


There are many reasons why American schools are poor at teaching coding-so many that the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) published a 75-page report enumerating them. The biggest is that the public school system is decentralized. Most public schools follow national teaching guidelines-the Common Core-and complete standardized tests based on those, but US states and local bodies make classroom-level decisions.

Read more here.

Around the Community

Kids Campaign to Interview President Obama

The Elliot Hines student ran radio and media program needs 99,867 signatures within the next 23 days in order to get an official response from the Obama Administration.

Find out more here.



Innovation Festival at the Smithsonian




STEM Magazine: May Edition

Be sure to check out this month's edition of STEM Magazine. This month's issue includes topics on augmented reality, making a good geochemist, creative problem solving, and so much more.



Washington Facts: STEM Edition - May 14, 2015
Bipartisan effort, achievement and effect has gained a "new hand and toehold" in the U.S. Senate with the creation of the new National Institutes of Health Caucus (NIH) by Senators Richard Durbin (D-Il) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC).
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In This Newsletter
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Upcoming Events

May 16-17, 2015

The Second Annual Stamford STEMfest





May 21, 2015

Creative Diversity in the Early Childhood Classroom





May 30, 2015

An evening with Pixar





June 10, 2015

TechFair Open House





 June 11, 2015

Capitol Hill Maker Faire






 June 15, 2015

The Atlantic:

Education Summit





June 16-17, 2015

Closing Manufacturing Skills Gap In Great Lakes Region  






 June 29 and 30, 2015

EPICS K-12 Workshop





 Deadline June 30, 2015

The Golden Goose Awards





July 16-17, 2015

STEM Competition Conference





 Coming in 2015

TechOut Oakland, TechOut Houston + TechOut OC





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