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Split Responses to Betsy DeVos' Testimony After Testy Confirmation Hearing
Education Week
The Tuesday confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, provided some clarity on her views, but also left some key questions only partially answered or unanswered. And her answers on special education, accountability, and school choice provoked both positive and negative reactions. Below are some of the responses we've gathered to DeVos' nomination hearing before the Senate education committee.
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Trump Weighs School Choice, Vouchers in his Education Policy
A Trump administration is expected to push for expanded school choice, taxpayer-funded vouchers, and more funding for charter schools, setting the stage for high-profile battles with public school advocates and teachers unions, education analysts predict.
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Michigan Governor Snyder Honors Leaders -
Students for Females in STEM Club at State-of-the-State Address
Students for Females in STEM
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder credited four leaders of the East Lansing High School Students for Females in STEM club with bringing "him the idea" to promote K12 computer science education in Michigan schools. Snyder invited Katie Knox, Taylor Murray, Sophie Steiner, and Samantha White to the state of the state address where he recognized them for turning what he thought was a photo op into a half hour meeting in which they cogently lobbied for expanding access to K12 computer science classes.
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ASEE Statement on Federal Investment in Engineering Education
As a new administration and Congress assume office, ASEE urges that bipartisan support for engineering education and research continue and, if possible, increase. Policymakers have long recognized the contribution of engineering to national security and to advances in healthcare, energy independence, and efficient infrastructure.
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Webinar Series: Non-Regulatory GuidanceStudent Support and Academic Enrichment Grants Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 
The Office of Safe and Healthy Students invites you to participate in a series of webinars on the U.S. Department of Education's recently issued " Non-Regulatory Guidance on the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants" (the Guidance). The SSAE program aims to increase the capacity of State educational agencies, local educational agencies, schools, and local communities to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning; and improve the effective use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. 
Tiger Woods Foundation and Discovery Education Launch Digital Programs in College Prep and STEM Careers 
If students had the most innovative tools to help them see the future, what would they see? The Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF), TGR's philanthropic arm, joined with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to launch "TGR EDU: Explore," an initiative for middle and high school students that helps navigate the college exploration process and introduces them to high-quality STEM-focused career paths for today's jobs, and the ones that don't exist yet.
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ASA Board of Directors Approve, Endorse New Undergraduate Data Science Degree Guidelines At its quarterly meeting last month, the ASA Board of Directors endorsed curriculum guidelines for undergraduate degrees in data science. The guidelines were recently developed at the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI), a three-week intensive workshop in which 25 undergraduate faculty-including computer scientists and mathematicians from a variety of liberal arts colleges and research universities-met to discuss a vision for data science in the undergraduate context, propose necessary activities and skills in such programs, and address implementation strategies.
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