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Coalition Update:
Coalition Proudly Supports STEM GI Bill Benefits for Veterans
James Brown, Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition, released the following statement on H.R. 3218, The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Assistance Act, or Forever GI Bill:  "This week, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs will take up the H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017. Included in this package are additional benefits for student veterans pursuing STEM degrees that require more than 128 semester credit hours for completion. The STEM Education Coalition is proud to support this proposal. We view this additional earned benefit as an important step towards enabling more of the diverse, experienced veteran population to pursue degrees in high-need, high-paying STEM fields including engineering, data and statistics, computer science, and STEM teaching. If properly supported to pursue STEM degrees, student veterans are poised to provide a flood of talent, skills, and leadership our nation urgently needs in the STEM fields. Our Coalition looks forward to working with the Committee and veterans stakeholders to ensure our nation's veterans are empowered to meet their full potential."  Read more here .
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Report: Making the Most of ESSA: Opportunities to Advance STEM Education
EducationFirst
Education First, with the support of Overdeck Family Foundation, is proud to release  Making the Most of ESSA: Opportunities to Advance STEM Education.  The publication recommends concrete practices to help ensure that four of the most common STEM policies in state ESSA plans best support student success.  The  report  is grounded in analysis of STEM in all 17 submitted ESSA plans and eight draft plans. The STEM Education Coalition is a proud contributor to the study. Read the report and for information here.
GOP House members seek to cut education budget - but not nearly as deeply as Trump proposed
Washington Post
House Republicans are seeking to cut the Education Department's budget by $2.4 billion, or 3.5 percent - a substantial reduction, although far smaller than the $9.2 billion in cuts that President Trump proposed.
The House GOP also appears to have largely rejected Trump's proposals to expand private- and public-school choice, according to education advocates who have studied an Appropriations Committee bill released Wednesday afternoon. Expanding school choice is a key priority for the White House and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Read more here.
Number of Girls Taking AP Computer-Science Exam More Than Doubles
EdWeek
More girls than ever took an AP computer-science exam this year, Seattle nonprofit Code.org announced Tuesday, calling the results "incredible."
Code.org crunched the numbers from the AP College Board, which shows that 29,708 girls in the U.S. took an Advanced Placement computer science exam this year, more than double the number from 2016. Continue reading here.
Around the Community:
Congress To Launch Third Annual App Challenge
The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a public effort to encourage kids to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district.  Students in participating districts code original applications for the chance to be selected for recognition by their Member of Congress, win prizes, and have their work put on display in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The district-wide competitions, now in their third year, take place from July through early November. The CAC is executed by the Congressional staff of each participating district, and coordinated by the Congressional Internet Caucus and the non-governmental sponsor of the project, the Internet Education Foundation. Learn more about the CAC here.
After Fight to Reach U.S., Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Applauded for Courage
EdWeek
The team of Afghan girls whose efforts to reach the United States for an international robotics competition captivated people around the world, left the event with a  silver medal for "courageous achievement," with judges applauding the group's "can-do attitude."
The First Global Challenge event in Washington, D.C. attracted teams of teenagers from nearly 160 nations.  Read more here .
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American Society of Mechanical Engineers

7/26:
(10:00 AM, 2318 Rayburn House Office Building)
House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology

7/26:
(10:00 AM, 2175 Rayburn House Office Building)
House Committee on Education and the Workforce
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