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U.S. Dept. of Education Releases Draft Regulations for New Federal Law
The U.S. Department of Education today  released its much-awaited draft regulations to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA as it is referred to by insiders, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in December.
As  reported previously by EdSource, the law in its broad outlines is very consistent with the reforms being implemented in California. The new law grants much more authority to states and to local districts than the No Child Left Behind law, which it replaces.
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The Nation's Largest School Districts Are Rushing to Fill the Coding Gap
PBS Newshour
On a recent Friday afternoon at a Brooklyn public school, the children of Sabrina Knight's second-grade class listened intently as she used a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to talk about algorithms. Moments later, a student volunteer walked back and forth across the room to demonstrate looping, a technical term used in the field of computer programming. "Thumbs up if y
ou got it," Knight said, as a flurry of 7- and 8-year-old hands and thumbs shot up in the air. "Open up your computers and thumbs up when you see the blue screen." 
Why 'Maker Faires' Are So Important For Our Kids
This weekend, I hopped on a train for my annual trek to Maker Faire, held this year at the San Mateo Events Center. Over 150,000 people attended this year's show, coming to check out new drones, 3D printers, robots and more. This particular event is the granddaddy of Maker Faires, started by Maker Media and its visionary founder Dale Dougherty. It bills itself as the greatest "Show and Tell on Earth." 
The High-Paying, Low-Stress STEM Job You Probably Haven't Considered
When it comes to engaging students in [STEM], competitions are leading the way. These are not your grandfather's science fairs, explained STEM experts Wednesday at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference in Baltimore. Today, students of all ages are competing in robotics building competitions, hackathons and coding contests, to name just a few. And they're becoming a more effective way of getting students excited about STEM fields than traditional classroom learning.
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New book: How to keep STEM support from falling short
In 2012, the White House put out a call to increase the number of STEM graduates by one million. 
Since then, hundreds of tho usands of science students
have started down the path toward a STEM career. Yet, nea rly half of all und ergraduate students studying in a these fields will abandon their major before graduation according to a study from the National Center for Education Statistics Institute of Education Sciences.

U. of I. College of Engineering to Offer New Innovation Degree
The University of Illinois' College of Engineering plans to launch a new degree program that will let students pursue ideas that could develop into companies.  The Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship program will be project-based and build on classes and programming already offered through the university's Technology Entrepreneur Center.
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