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Betsy DeVos Makes First Speech as Education Secretary
PBS NewsHour
Betsy DeVos addresses employees at the Department of Education for the first time since being confirmed and sworn in as President Trump's education secretary. The Senate on Tuesday confirmed DeVos, a school choice advocate, as Education secretary by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie in a historic vote.
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red_apple_blackboard_books.jpg States' ESSA Plans Now Entering the Legislative Phase
Education Week
As state legislative sessions forge ahead, you'll start to see states' Every Student Succeeds Act accountability plans vetted by lawmakers as the new law requires.  
Unlike for waivers from ESSA's predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act, or applications for the Race to the Top program, the federal government requires state boards of education to show that state education agencies have conducted "meaningful" consultation with state legislatures over their ESSA plans. In addition, governors have 30 days to review a plan before it's submitted to the federal Department of Education. 
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The Countries With The Most STEM Graduates
Since the turn of the century, China has experienced a revolution in third level education. It has outstripped both the United States and Europe in graduate numbers and as of 2016, it was building the equivalent of nearly one university per week. That progress has caused a massive shift in the world's population of graduates, a population the U.S. used to dominate.
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Slope of the Curve: The Looming U.S. Unemployment Crisis
Working Nation
Marshall Curry, the Academy Award-nominated documentarian, has directed the new animated short "Slope of the Curve." The film was commissioned by WorkingNation, a new not-for-profit national campaign dedicated to preparing the American workforce for the changing employment demands of the U.S. economy.

Around the Community:
Experts Seek to Boost Knowledge and Allies for Teaching STEM
If you ever dropped differently-sized objects to see if one fell faster as part of your physics class, or watched a stalk of celery turn colors when placed in dye instead of listening to a lecture on capillary action, you have benefited from research into how students learn and understand science.

Workshop shows teachers how to integrate STEM in class
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education can easily be integrated into every facet of education and doing so better prepares students for the future. This was the overall message of the Discovery Education STEM Academy held at the DeSoto County School's Career Tech Center West.

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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