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@Microsoft Conversation: Bridging the Latino Student STEM Gap
Executive Director James Brown moderated the @Microsoft Conversation event Wednesday, which focused on bridging the Latino student STEM gap. This conference, timed to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month, revolved around strategies to increase both the quantity and quality of Latino STEM participation.
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Top Article:
De Blasio to Announce 10-Year Deadline to Offer Computer Science to All Students
New York Times
To ensure that every child can learn the skill s required to work in New York City's fast-growing technology sector, Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce on Wednesday that within 10 years all of the city's public schools will be  required to offer computer science to all students. 
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Stay in the Know:
Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Latino Leaders want Minority Students to fill Computer Science Jobs
Leaders of Hispanic organizations are focusing attention on getting more minority students involved with coding and computers.
Antonion Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, spoke on a panel Wednesday at Microsoft's Innovation & Policy Center, and lamented the rhetoric around Latinos as the 2016 presidential race ramps up and Donald Trump leads the Republican pack with bruising anti-immigrant language.
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Common Core for the Business Community
Achieving Tomorrow
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is out with a new website for the business community teacher-students-college.jpg making the case for the importance of having high academic standards. The website includes some myt h-bu sting on the Common Core. 
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15,000 New Computer Science Teachers
When Code.org was just an idea back in 2012, we estimated that 90% of US schools didn't offer computer science. The truth is, it's difficult to pinpoin t. Most schools offer computer classes that teach students how to use technology but few teach how to create technology - covering computer programming, algorithms, and much more.  
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Alabama's Science Standards Get A Makeover
Alabama schools are getting new science standards for the first time in a decade. The state Board of Education voted unanimously today to replace old standards that some teachers say were behind the times the moment they were approved. As evidence, they point to their students' biology textbooks, many of which currently come with warning stickers that call evolution "a controversial theory." The state's old science standards say students should "wrestle with the unresolved problems still faced" by evolution. 
Who Says Girls Aren't Good at STEM?
You don't need to be a mathematician to know there is gender disparity when it comes to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in this country. Part of the difficulty of getting girls interes ted in STEM is the common misconception that it's reserved for boys. Despite the continued progress of women in the STEM world, there remains a notable absence of women in math and science professions. 
Around the Community
Major League Hacking
Hackathons have grown to become a global student movement. By fast-tracking the software and hardware development process, hackathons provide students with valuable technical skills they will need in their future careers. Students learn by doing and finish with a final project that has the potential to turn into a real business.
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2015 Congressional App Challenge
The Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event that allows U.S. high school students to compete against their peers by creating and exhibiting their software application, or "app," for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Registration will begin in October.
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Underrepresented Students in STEM Fields to be Helped by Grant to Ithaca College
A $600,000 grant from the New York State Department of Education will aid Ithaca College in its efforts to increase the number of students who have been traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and health-related fields.
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