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Will ESSA Negotiators Get to 'Yes' on Testing, Spending Regulations?
Education Week 
researcher_science_tube.jpg Advocates representing school districts, state chiefs, school board members and other practitioners are none-too-happy about the U.S. Department of Education's proposed regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act on supplement-not-supplant (that wonky spending provision that says federal funds can't be a substitute for state and local dollars).
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Helping to Level the AP Playing Field: Why Eighth Grade Math Matters More Than You Think
For years, many schools across the U.S. have offered   qualified students the ability to take advanced-level courses apart from many of their fellow students in a practice known as tracking. New data released in the 2016 Brown Center Report on American Education shed light on tracking, who it applies to, and its implications for student achievement and equity in American schools. 
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Will the New Education Law Allow for Teachers With Lower Qualifications?
The Conversation
On December 9, Congress passed the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, called the Every Child Succeeds Act. A replacement for the much criticized N o Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the reauthorization gained support from groups as diverse as The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the National Education Association, the National Parent Teacher Association, The National School Boards  Association, the National Governors Association and Fairtest, an organization that addresses issues related to fairness and accuracy in testing.
The Three Rs and an S
The Baltimore Sun
While the three Rs of reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic are certainly foundational subjects for Maryland students, there is an important letter missing - an 'S' for science. Science should be seen as a core subject for our children, not just an afterthought or add-on reserved for a subset of our student body.
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Xploration Station Announces Return of #StudentAstronaut Contest
Xploration Station, the country's only E/I broadcast destination dedicated exclusively to STEM programming for teens and their families, announced the return of its #StudentAstronaut contest today. This will be the second iteration of the nationwide competition tied to the popular series Xploration Outer Space.
Open Seats Remain in the Nation's First and Only Master's Degree in Pharmacogenics
Manchester University in northeast Indiana has a limited number of seats remaining in the nation's first and only dedicated master's degree in pharmacogenics. Classes begin May 17, 2016, in the intensive one-year program. A second one-year class will begin May 2017, and there is rolling enrollment. It is open to those with an undergraduate degree in science.
Space Frontier Foundation Hosts Annual NewSpace Conference in Seattle
The Space Frontier Foundation will host its annual NewSpace conference in Seattle this year for the first time ever - a testament to the region's booming aerospace industry. NewSpace is the only conference that brings together the three pillars of the space industry - startups, established companies and government agencies - with private investors and tech innovators. Featured speakers this year include Charles Beames (Vulcan Aerospace), Rob Meyerson (Blue Origin) and Dona Sarkar (Engineering Lead, Microsoft) among many others.
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