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Coalition Update:
STEM Ed Coalition Applauds House on Perkins CTE Passage
The STEM Education Coalition commends the House for bipartisan progress on the reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The House bill contains several important provisions that will help schools integrate more high-quality STEM content into CTE programming, which is a promising way to expand opportunities for all students to succeed in the global technological economy.  We look forward to working with the Senate to make this bill the best possible final product.   
Top Article:
Bill to Reauthorize Career and Technical Education Law Passed by U.S. House
EdWeek
The House of Representatives voted to approve a reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act on Tuesday, after the House education committee unanimously backed the bill earlier this year. The Perkins Act has not been reauthorized since 2006, but the proposed reauthorization, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, makes several notable changes to existing law. 
Read more here.
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ESSA Raises K-12 Stakes in 2016 State-Level Elections
EdWeek
The stakes for K-12 policy in this year's state-level elections couldn't be clearer: Whoever voters pick in the legislative and gubernatorial races will have significant new leverage in shaping states' education agendas in the years ahead. The reason is the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which gives state governments sweeping authority to design, among other things, teacher evaluations and school accountability systems, topics that political observers expect to dominate policymakers' 2017 legislative seasons.
The Teacher Shortage Crisis Is Here
U.S. News and World Report
As students headed back to school this year in and around Tampa, Florida, thousands of teacher positions had yet to be filled. It followed a year in which tens of thousands of teachers were hired on emergency or temporary credentials to help fill empty slots around the country - 900 of them in Oklahoma alone. And in Arizona, which has one of the highest teacher turnover rates in the country, school districts routinely report having unfilled teaching positions three months into the school year. The teacher shortage crisis is here, at least according to a new report from the Learning Policy Institute, and it stands to get worse.
Read more here. 
Around the Community:
Apple Announces New Coding App is Available
Apple is excited to announce that their learning and teaching materials for Everyone Can Code are now updated and available for download. Check out Swift Playgrounds, Apple's new app for teaching coding on iPad. And don't miss the new iTunes U course which includes video lessons for Swift Playgrounds. App Development with Swift is the curriculum that teaches those new to programming how to build their first app with Xcode. Visit Everyone Can Code to explore the story behind teaching and learning code with Swift.
Read more in the New York Times here and visit Everyone Can Code here.


Washington STEM Launches STEM Photography Competition 
Washington STEM, a non-profit in Washington State that promotes equity, excellence, and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math for all students in Washington state, is launching a STEM photography competition in partnership with Getty Images and the UK campaign Your Life to repicture STEM. They want to see contemporary images of these topics which celebrate people of all ages and backgrounds engaging in them. The competition is open for all to enter.

Breakthrough Junior Challenge Deadline is October 10, 2016
In partnership with the Khan Academy, the Challenge invites students ages 13 to 18 to create original videos that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. Each submission will be judged on the student's ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in the most engaging, illuminating and imaginative ways. One winner will be recognized and will be awarded a $250,000 educational prize. The science teacher who inspired the winning student will win $50,000, and the winner's school will receive a state-of-the art science lab valued at $100,000, designed in partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory . The Breakthrough Junior Challenge winner will also be invited to the Breakthrough Prize ceremony on December 4, where she or he will be receiving the award during the televised show.
Read more here. 

Health Professions Week Is September 26-30, 2016
 
Health Professions Week (HPW) is a week-long event for high school students, college students, and advisors interested in learning more about careers in the health professions. HPW will include an online treasure hunt, on-campus events, and two virtual fairs. The entire event is free online for high school students, counselors, undergrads and advisors.
Read more here.

STEM Magazine: September Issue
Check out this month's issue of STEM magazine and read about a variety of topics including articles about oceans and marine biology, classrooms, and art.
 
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