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Betsy DeVos faced a tough sell for her budget proposal on Tuesday, with Senate Republicans and Democrats telling the Education secretary before she even testified that her planned $9.2 billion in funding cuts will likely die in committee. "I think it's likely the kinds of cuts proposed in this budget will not occur, so we really need to fully understand your priorities and why they are your priorities," Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, said at a panel hearing.Read more here.
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21st Century After-school Programs Connect Kids to Careers, Advocates Tell Congress
Youth Today
Colby Holmes, a recent high school graduate from the small town of New Hope, Alabama, found himself on Capitol Hill this week. He and his mother came wit h Paul Morin, coordinator of the  Alabama Afterschool Community NetworkA year ago, Colby was experimenting with making portable solar panels in an after-school program funded by 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Boeing Corp.  In the process he found a career path. He's heading to community college and plans to become an electrician.  Morin wanted to show Alabama senators and representatives the impact of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program at New Hope High School. He made the trip to Washington as part of the  Afterschool Alliance 's day of lobbying. Morin spoke passionately about the need. Read more here.
You Don't Have to Major in Computer Science to Do it as a Career
Technology Review
Basic economics suggests that if college students see booming demand for specific skills, a stampede to major in such lucrative fields should ensue. For years, tech companies, banks, and even traditional industrial companies have been hiring programmers, software developers, and computer scientists as fast as they can find them. Since 2010, there has been a 59 percent leap in jobs for software application developers-and a 15 percent jump in pay, to an average  $102,300 last year-according to the U.S.  Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accounts of tech engineers earning more than pro athletes keep  making headlinesSo why aren't more U.S. college students majoring in computer science? Read more here.
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Creators Wanted
"Creators are wanted," say many manufacturers across the United States. And the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is taking another step to populate the talent pipeline in America-with a new "Creators Wanted" video and infographic series. This year, on the NAM's digital platforms, you'll begin to see the makings of the NAM's new initiative to show parents and teachers, and thereby children, what modern manufacturing really looks like today (and will look like tomorrow). According to the Manufacturing Institute, there will be 3.5 million jobs in modern manufacturing available over the next 10 years. See more here.
Updates to Apple's Everyone Can Code Curriculum
Exciting updates have been made to Apple's free Everyone Can Code curriculum to give educators around the world new ways to teach students coding from kindergarten to college. With teacher guides and lessons, educators can introduce coding concepts
visually on iPad
in  elementary, move  to writing code with the Swift Playgrounds app in middle school, and help students build iOS apps on Mac in high school and beyond with Xcode. So whether students are first-time coders or aspiring app developers, we have provided all the tools educators need to teach coding in the classroom. Learn more here .
2017 ASEE International Forum
The 6th Annual American Society for  Engineering Ed ucation International For um will take place on June 28 in Columbus, OH. Learn more ab out the event here .
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