Please enjoy this week's STEM Ed update. Please note, there will be no newsletter next week, August 14-18. 
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Congress Passes $3B Expansion of GI Bill Education Benefits
Politico
The Senate signed off Wednesday on a sweeping expansion of GI Bill education benefits, sending t he bipartisan legislation dubbed the "Forever GI Bill" to President Donald Trump's desk.  The bill, which would increase veterans benefits by more than $3 billion over the next decade, passed the Senate by unanimous consent. Finish reading the article here . Read the Coalition statement on the House version of the Forever GI Bill here.
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Betsy DeVos Approves Delaware's ESSA Plan, After Blowback
EdWeek
After some serious drama, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Tuesday gave Delaware the green light for its Every Student Succeeds Act plan.
You read that right.  Delaware, aka the state whose Feedback Shook the World, is the first state to get the all-clear to proceed on ESSA.  What drama are we talking about? Here's some quick background: DeVos had been hitting the local control theme hard in speeches since taking office. But her team's response to the submitted plan from Delaware, one of the first states to get ESSA plan feedback from the Trump education department, seemed out of line with that rhetoric.  Read more here .
New Class Leads to Big Gains in Number of Girls, Minorities Taking AP Computer Science Exams
EdSource
Educators were cheering over newly released results from the College Board showing significant increases in the number of females, Latino and African-American students who took either the Advanced Placement computer science exam or the new computer science principles exam this spring.  "I am over the moon. These numbers are amazing," said Hadi Partovi, chief executive of  Code.org , a nonprofit that provides free coding instruction to students around the world and has advocated for greater diversity in the computer science field. "This is a great reflection on the U.S. public school system. Every American should be proud - the U.S. is really leading the way."  Read more here .
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Amazon's Jobs Fair Sends Clear Message: Now Hiring Thousands
New York Times
Brandon Williams arrived at an  Amazon fulfillment center here, about an hour outside of Chicago, around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesd ay, one of thousands across the country who  turned up for the company's first Jobs Day. While he appeared to wilt slightly during the five hours he wai ted before an M.C . summoned him for a tour, his enthusiasm did not w ane.  "What's not great about a company that keeps building?" he said, seated in a huge tent the company erected in the parking lot as a kind of makeshift waiting room. Continue reading here.
National Science Teachers Association Awards and Recognitions
The annual NSTA Awards and Recognition Program recognizes exceptional and innovative science educators created in 1973. The NSTA Awards and Recognition were created to raise awareness and exposure of the outstanding work being done in the science education field.  All entries must be received by 11:59PM EST on 12/15/2017, via online submission. Entry fees are free. View the variety of awards here.
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