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Top Article:
Merkley, Franken Introduce Legislation To Promote Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Senator Merkley Announcement    

Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) today introduced legislation designed to increase student access to courses in STEM education subjects and provide additional resources to recruit, train, and support teachers of these subjects.
Read more here.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Rebranding No Child Left Behind Act a Tough Marketing Call
Education Week

Congress may still be arguing about what provisions of  the current law should be extended and which should be axed. But educators and politicians appear to agree on at least one thing: The outdated No Child Left Behind Act needs a fresh brand.  

Read more here. 

Common Core, Portability, Civil Rights Fights Pending in House
National Journal
The House is expected to vote this week on a controversial bill to rewrite the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. The legislation marks the Republicans'  opening bid in an effort to get a bill to President Obama's desk this year. The measure is conservative and highly deferential to states, removing requirements that Democrats say are needed to ensure that poor schools get the same resources as affluent ones. It is expected to pass on party lines.
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Obama Lauds Young Scientists, $240M in Education Pledges
USA Today 
 President Obama praised an array of student science projects Monday, as well as up to $240 million in private sector pledges for education in what officials call STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
A Smarter Way to Retain STEM Foreign Students
Brookings Institute 
Despite the political and legal fights standing in the way of President Obama's executive actions to expand relief for undocumented immigrant children and parents, other executive actions on immigration are moving forward. Starting in May, spouses of H-1B workers can apply for employment authorization. Next up are steps to improve the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program.
Read more here.
Schwarzenegger and Paige:  Why Congress Should Keep Funding Afterschool Programs
The Washington Post

Afterschool programs offer students a safe, caring environment with homework assistance, digital arts, crucially important Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning, healthy eating habits, and classes that have been squeezed from the normal school day including the arts and extracurricular activities. 

Read more here.  

From Around the Community

Dow Expands Partnership with FIRST® to Promote STEM Education

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) announced today a $1 million commitment with  FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to promote STEM education. As part of Dow's STEMtheGAP™ initiative, today's announcement is aligned to the Company's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) mission of building the workforce of tomorrow by supporting teachers, motivating student achievement, developing careers, and collaborating with communities to transform STEM education into a driver for innovation, manufacturing, and economic prosperity.
President Obama Tours the 2015 White House Science Fair Exhibits

Building the Manufacturing Workforce of the Future
Honda North America, Inc., today announced an innovative $1 million Ohio-based workforce development initiative to create interest in manufacturing careers and provide educational and training opportunities to prepare the next generation workforce for high-tech positions in the manufacturing industry.
SEVP Releases 2015 International Student Data, Launches Interactive Mapping Tool
SEVIS by the Numbers," a quarterly report on international students studying in the United States, was released Wednesday by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The report highlights February 2015 data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a Web-based system that includes information about international students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are in the United States.

Students Make the Difference in a Career Changers New Life

In a prior career changer article (March 13, Career Changers to Teachers: An Investment) I listed the benefits of having employees change careers to become teachers. In this article, I discuss what brings career changers to teaching and what keeps teachers teaching - the students.

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In This Newsletter
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Upcoming Events

 Throughout March 2015

Microsoft & Kashmir Robotics 

DaVinci Challenge: Build a Drone





Deadline April 1, 2015

DARPA Student Video Contest on Societal Implications of Robotics 





April 14, 2015
Zombie Apocalypse:
An Engaging Discussion on STEM and Creative Writing




April 16-17, 2015  

STEM Conference





April 18, 2015

National Math Fair






May 16-17, 2015

The Second Annual Stamford STEMfest





July 16-17, 2015

STEM Competition Conference





July 29-31, 2015

Summer Institute



 Coming in 2015

TechOut Oakland, TechOut Houston + TechOut OC





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