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Coalition Update:
Afterschool STEM Hub Letter for State Policy Makers
The STEM Education Coalition signed onto a letter, along with more than 100 organizations from communities across the country, written by the Afterschool STEM Hub. The letter to state policy makers offers a series of policy recommendations related to new federal funding opportunities and decision making powers in afterschool, informal, and out of school settings for state and local school districts.  
Top Article:
New ESSA Spending Regulations Proposed
After months of criticism from Republican lawmakers, state chiefs, and teachers' unions on its approach to spending rules for the Every Student Succeeds Act, the U.S. Department of Education last week released a new proposal that appears to give districts and states some additional flexibility when it comes to ensuring federal funds for low-income students don't replace state and local dollars. 
Read more here.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
What Is the Common Core? The Controversial Standards Explained
The Common Core State Standards arose from a simple idea: that creating one set of challenging academic expectations for all students would improve achievement and college readiness. But the idea proved to be the only thing that was simple about the common core. Brewing since 2007 and launched officially in 2009, the drive for common learning goals in English/language arts and mathematics produced an extraordinary response: All but four states embraced the standards in a huge wave of adoptions in 2010 and 2011. But there was also an extraordinary backlash. 
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Apple Stays in School, Donating 54,500 iPads to Students and Teachers
Ever since Steve Jobs brought the Apple II to the classroom, Apple has created and distributed tech to win over young users where they first learn about computers and coding, their schools. The company announced a continuation of that legacy today at a press event in San Francisco. There, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple is donating an iPad and a Mac to 4,500 teachers, and iPads to more than 50,000 students this school year. The company is also putting apple TVs in an undisclosed number of classrooms, he noted..
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@Microsoft: Why Coders Are Key to Better Healthcare
This @Microsoft program examines how data and technology are shifting the workforce demands of the healthcare industry. For example, the availability of "big data" has become instrumental in tracking disease outbreaks and understanding public health trends. In addition, new technologies empower patients to better manage their health and enable doctors to provide the best care possible. While the promise of healthcare technologies is enormous, its benefits may be hampered by the lack of a skilled workforce able to create, manage, and maintain this effort. Join on Thursday, September 15th to hear from experts discussing how data and technology are transforming the healthcare industry and its workforce needs.
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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.  
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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.  
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