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Ed News: Idaho Legislators Strip Climate Change Language

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This week in education news, Idaho legislators remove climate change language from new state science standards, California renews push to promote environmental education in public schools, three global indexes show that America’s public schools are doing something right, and Intel dropped its sponsorship of the International Science and Engineering Fair. Idaho Legislators Strip Climate Change Language […]

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Ed News: Scientists Take on New Roles in K–12 Classrooms

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This week in education news, scientists take on new roles in K–12 classrooms, the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, a new report finds California teacher shortages have led to ‘severe consequences’, the U.S. House voted to overturn ESSA accountability, and a bill to boost STEM education advances in New Mexico. Scientists Take on […]

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Legislative Update: DeVos Confirmed as ED Secretary/House Kills ESSA Accountability Regulations






After a long and contentious confirmation battle the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education on February 7 after a highly partisan 51 to 50 vote. Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote to confirm DeVos after two Republican Senators—Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—joined Democrats and voted nay during […]

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Let’s Help Every Student Succeed with STEM






NSTA, in collaboration with 100kin10 and other key STEM leaders, has developed a new campaign designed to ensure that STEM and science/STEM teachers are a focus of the new federal education law at the state and local levels. The goal of the Every Student Succeeds with STEM campaign is to support members of the STEM community […]

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Legislative Update: Senate Confirmation Vote for DeVos Scheduled for Jan 31






Following a contentious confirmation hearing for Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos that evoked images of guns and grizzlies and showcased a lack of understanding of key education issues, the Senate HELP Committee postponed its planned confirmation vote on her nomination until Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. after Democrats said they didn’t have enough time […]

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Legislative Update: Unions and Civil Rights Groups Strongly Oppose DeVos Nomination






In what will likely be the first of many battles to come, teacher unions and civil rights groups have come out swinging against the nomination of Betsy DeVos to become U.S. Secretary of Education while Republican governors are applauding President-elect Trump for his “inspired choice” to reform federal education policy. The Senate confirmation hearing for […]

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Legislative Update: Looking Ahead to 2017






Congress left town last week after the Senate averted a government shutdown and approved a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government at FY17 funding levels through April 28. The Trump Administration will propose funding for the remainder of FY2017, which ends on Sept 30 2017, while also working to develop a FY2018 budget. […]

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Trump’s Pick for Education Secretary and Changes on Capitol Hill






As widely reported, President-elect Trump has nominated Betsy DeVos to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education. DeVos, 58, chaired the American Federation for Children, an advocacy group that has aggressively pushed to expand charter schools and school voucher programs. She stepped down from that position after the nomination.  The selection of DeVos as Education […]

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