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Coalition Updates:
Secretary-designate DeVos Answers STEM Education Questions
STEM Education Coalition
After Secretary-designate DeVos' confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Education Committee, several senators submitted additional follow-up questions to be answered before her final confirmation vote. The STEM Education Coalition compiled all the answers she provided in regards to STEM education.

Working Nation Joins the Coalition
STEM Education Coalition
Working Nation is a n ew non-profit organization that is dedicated to highlighting the challenges associated with structural unemployment and advancing potential solutions to the problem of putting more Americans to work.   Working Nation is involved in a wide variety of workforce and education policy issues related to workers displaced by changes in the global economy and the impacts of technology, automation, and robotics.
Top Article:
Trump Now Leads the Education Dept.; What's the Impact on Data and ESSA?
Education Week
Monday is the first full weekday that the Trump administration is in control of the U.S. Department of Education. And there are major questions about what the new crew-including some 150 political appointees, who have yet to be named-will mean for everything from the big data sets, like the Civil Rights Data Collection, to day-to-day work of the more than 4,000 career employees who stayed behind after the Obama administration cleared out last week.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required
New York Times
When the German engineering company Siemens Energy opened a gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, N.C., some 10,000 people showed up at a job fair for 800 positions. But fewer than 15 percent of the applicants were able to pass a reading, writing and math screening test geared toward a ninth-grade education.
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'Hidden Figures' Is Already Inspiring More Girls To Go Into STEM
Huffington Post
At a pre-SAG Awards celebration for "Hidden Figures," actor Aldis Hodge told The Cut that the film seems to have already gotten more young girls interested in pursuing careers in STEM fields. "We've already seen that effect happen nationally," he said, at a brunch on Sunday. "We're constantly doing panels for STEM and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics) all over."
Read more here.

Around the Community:
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.
Read more here.

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. 
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The Week Ahead:

2/7: H.J. Res. 57; H.J. Res. 58 (5:00 PM)
House Rules Committee

House Education & Workforce Committee

National Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Sciences
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