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Lawmakers Pledge Close Eye on ESSA Implementation
Education Week
Lawmakers on the House education committee have a not-so-subtle message student-participants.jpg for states and the U.S. Department of Education as they move to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act: We'll be watching you. Republicans on a panel holding an oversight hearing last week seemed to be trying to cut potential federal overreach off at the pass, making it clear that, in their view, the law is aimed at returning key authority over K-12 schools to states and districts.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Skilled Worker Shortage Costs Equipment Industry Billions Each Year
Associated Equipment Distributors
The U.S. heavy equipment distribution industry loses at least $2.4 billion each year as a result of dealers warehouse_assembly_workers.jpg' inability to find and retain technically skilled workers. The figure, based on an estimated nine percent of earnings foregone by American dealerships represented by AED, was included in a report released on Jan. 20 by The AED Foundation (AEDF).
How Many Education Secretaries Have Been K-12 Classroom Teachers?
Education Week
Newly minted acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. , who has been officially nominated to head up the Educati on Department, loves to weave his background as a social studies teacher into his speeches (especially when he's talking about how government works.) And a couple times lately, he's even played the former principal card (including when getting the attention of a room full of edu-advocates eager to hear about the president's budget proposal).
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Around the Community
CSTA Announces Public Review Period for K-12 Computer Science Standards
Today the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) announced the public review period for the revised K-12 Computer Science Standards. The organization invites teachers, curriculum supervisors, administrators, business leaders and the broad education and business communities to review the standards and offer feedback.

STEM Magazine: February Issue
Check out this month's issue of STEM magazine and read about a variety of articles including topics such as lesson sharing, national security, and the "S" in STEM.

Chiawana High, WSU Team Up for Science Videos
Students at Chiawana High School and Washington State University Tri-Cities are teaming up with Mid-Columbia scientists to promote education and work force preparation for science- and technology-focused fields in a series of videos.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/education/article59779041.html#storylink=cpy

STEMPilot's Flight Simulator & Curriculum Allows Students to 'Fly' Aircraft While Learning STEM
"STEMPilot's portable Edustation STEM-based curriculum is teaching high school to elementary school students from coast-to-coast the principles of STEM via cockpit flight simulators positioned in classrooms while meeting Next Generation Science Standards (N.G.S.S.) and Common Core requirements," stated STEMPilot founder, Jay LeBoff.
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Design and Launch your DNA Experiment to Space!
Announcing NEW Constellation Award - Apply before March 20th for a chance to win the miniPCR DNA Discovery System for your school. We invited students in grades 7 through 12 to design DNA experiments for space. Become a space DNA pioneer and help solve real-life space exploration opportunities and challenges. Five finalist teams will receive mentoring from Harvard and MIT PhD scientists, present at the 2016 International Space Station R&D Conference, and receive miniPCR DNA Discovery Systems for their education institutions.

"Computer Science For All" Coming to a School Near You  
"Nine in 10 parents want their child to study computer science, because they realize that computers and software are changing everything. But only 1 in 4 schools teaches it," according to Code.org , which sponsors the popular "Hour of Code."Computer science majors have been on the decline in recent years, especially among women.

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