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House Speaker Boehner, Key Architect of NCLB, to Resign From Congress
Education Week
Speaker of the House John Boehner wil l resign from his position and give up his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of October, the New York Times reported Friday. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, was elected House Speaker in 2010. He was the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce committee when Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, and played a key role in shepherding NCLB through the legislative process. 
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'Flipped' Science Class Helps Women, Those With Lower GPA, Study Shows
Yale News
Physical chemistry students given most course content outside of the classroom scored 12% higher on exams than counter parts in more traditional classes where students listened to lectures, a new study by researchers at the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (U-Mass) shows.
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How Helping Kids With Their Math Homework Can Make Them Worse Off
It's understandable that parents worry about their children's math performance, even at a very young age, and that they try to help. But they may ne ed to start thinking about how they help; according to a new study in Psychological Science, the more that anxious parents try to help their kids with math homework, the more harm they do.
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Dispute Over Validity of Common-Core Exam Ignites New Florida Testing Fight
Education Week
After high-profile controversies about the Common Core State Stan dards, PARCC, testing disruptions, and the number and length of tests, Florida has another assessment squabble on its hands. This time, it's a dispute over how well the Florida State Assessment matches Florida's standards, and Florida's students.
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What It Takes to Be an Antarctic Engineer
IEEE Spectrum
There is no visible horizon in the waters beneath the Ross Ice Shelf. So electrical engineer Jim O'Sullivan built an artificial one for the pilot of the submersible remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that he and a team of scientists were testing there in 2008. The team didn't lack for data: The ROV's orientation, speed, and depth were numerically displayed on the pilot's screen. The ROV was at risk of crashing into the delicate creatures, such as sea spiders, that it was supposed to be observing.
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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MIT Women's Initiative Seeks Applications
The MIT Women's Initiative is a non-profit student group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that sends pairs of women graduate and undergraduate students to school districts across the United States each January. We are currently seeking applications from schools who would like presenters to visit their area. Because we are funded entirely by private sponsors, the presentations are completely free for participating districts.
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