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Coalition Updates:
Coalition Statement on President's Proposed Budget
"Our Coalition is disappointed in the Budget's choice of priorities for federal investments in education.  The President has repeatedly talked about the need for a world-class American workforce.  We do not think this Budget, which would eliminate federal support for teacher professional development, afterschool programs, and other mechanisms that empower state and district efforts to improve STEM education and bolster American competitiveness, lives up to that goal."
Coalition Recommendations to President Trump and Secretary DeVos on STEM Issues
On March 13, the STEM Education Coalition sent letters to President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The letters outline the Coalition's policy recommendations for the White House and the Department of Education. The Coalition looks forward to working with both the President and the Secretary of Education to ensure STEM is  elevated as a national priority as reflected through education reforms, policies to drive innovation, and federal spending. The letter to President Trump can be found here. The letter to Secretary DeVos can be found here.
Senate Appropriations Holds STEM Education Hearing
On March 15, the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing entitled, "STEM Education: Preparing Students for the Careers of Today and the Future".  The hearing covered a wide range of topics including career and technical education, funding of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and jobs and innovation. 
Read more here.

Top Article:
Secretary DeVos Announces Release of Updated ESSA Consolidated State Plan Template
Department of Education
In a letter delivered today to chief state school officers, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provided clarity on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation and released the updated template for the consolidated state plans.  Secretary DeVos issued the following statement: "The updated state template will ensure states are able to better serve students with the freedom and flexibility they deserve, and which Congress requires. My philosophy is simple: I trust parents, I trust teachers, and I trust local school leaders to do what's right for the children they serve."
Read the full letter here.
Stay in the Know:
Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Detroit Rethinks Career-and-Technical Education
The Atlantic
Three young men in the back of a classroom at Henry Ford College stare intently at a machine that helps move panels along a conveyor belt. To the untrained eye, there doesn't appear to be much going on, at least initially.  But after several moments of careful inspection, the students exchange a few ideas, make a couple of swift adjustments to the machine, and earn a nod of approval from an instructor standing nearby. The group has correctly identified an issue with a sensor that the teacher intentionally created to test the students' problem-solving prowess.
Read more here.
Silicon Holler: How Tech Training Is Bringing Jobs to Appalachia
Working Nation
Eastern Kentucky may be 2,500 miles from Silicon Valley, but this region of Appalachia is working hard to transform its workforce for today's digital economy. Dubbed "Silicon Holler," the area is serving as a model for other economically depressed communities to support training for next generation jobs. And a couple of congressmen are reaching across the aisle and the country to help the transformation. 

Around the Community:
Scholarship Opportunity: #NewFaceofTech
The 1000 Dreams Fund is offering an exciting funding opportunity for young women pursuing careers in tech. The #NewFaceofTech online challenge will provide two finalists with $3,000 for their STEM education. To enter, students must simply upload a photo highlighting their dream career in tech. Photo deadline is April 4th.

Grant Opportunity: STEM + Computing Partnerships
The STEM+C Computing Partnership seeks to advances the integration of computational thinking and computing activities in early childhood education through high school (pre-K-12) to provide a strong and developmental foundation in computing and computational thinking through the integration of computing in STEM teaching and learning, and/or the applied integration of STEM content in pre-K-12 computer science education. Applications are due March 29th.

Scholarship Opportunity: ASHRAE Engineering Technology
Four one-year $5,000 scholarships are available to full-time undergraduate Engineering Technology students pursuing either a bachelor or an associate degree in a course of study that has traditionally been a preparatory curriculum for the HVAC&R profession.  Applicants must be a student member of ASHRAE , have a cumulative college Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a scale where 4.0 is the highest and/or a class standing of no less than the top 30%. Applications are due May 1st.
 
STEM Magazine: March Issue
Check out this month's issue of STEM Magazine and read about a variety of topics including T-Cells and the importance of outdoor education.

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House Subcommittee on Higher Education & Workforce

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The Urban Institute

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The Atlantic
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