Author Archives: The Communication, Legislative & Public Affairs (CLPA) Team

Ed News: How Many U.S. Students Are Taught By Qualified Teachers?






This week in education news, education programs could still be vulnerable in President Trump’s budget; most U.S. public school students are taught by qualified teachers; and utility-value intervention with parents increases students’ STEM preparation and career pursuit. One Reason Young People Don’t Go Into Science? We Don’t Fail Well Learning resilience is fundamental to a […]

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Legislative Update: Trump Releases “Skinny Budget” for FY2018






Administration’s Proposal Funds School Choice, Eliminates ESSA Title II and Afterschool Programs President Trump released his “skinny budget” on Thursday, March 16 and as expected, the budget increases defense and security but cuts funding for key education programs. The 2018 Budget proposes $59 billion for the Department of Education, a $9.2 billion cut to the […]

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Ed News: Girls Draw Even With Boys In High School STEM Classes

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This week in education news, girls now make up about half the enrollment in high school STEM classes; new proposed California bill would exempt teachers from paying state income taxes; U.S. Education Secretary releases new ESSA guidelines; results of the Illinois’ state science test delayed more than a year; and the Trump Administration proposes a […]

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Legislative Update: Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing March 15 to Focus on STEM Education






Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing March 15 to Focus on STEM Education The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, and Education will hold a hearing next Wednesday, March 15th, on federal STEM education programs. NSTA member (and NSELA Board member) Larry Plank, STEM Director for the Hillsborough School District in Florida, will be testifying before the committee. […]

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Ed News: New Research Supports Women In STEM

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This week in education news, new research by the National Women’s Business Council supports women in STEM; David Berliner explains what is really happening in America’s public schools; Louisiana will phase new science standards into classroom by the 2018-19 school year; and parents are the key to getting high school students interested in STEM, according […]

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Ed News: Idaho Legislature Approves New Science Standards that Omit Climate Change

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This week in education news, the Idaho Senate Education Committee approved new science standards that omit climate change; more states introduce bills that interfere with science education; 100Kin10 renews its call to support STEM teachers; and a new study suggests spending an hour learning computer basics may positively change students’ attitudes about computer science. Idaho […]

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Ed News: Teachers Eye Potential of Virtual Reality






This week in education news, teachers eye potential of virtual reality; schools zoom in on STEM equity; Louisiana considers new science standards; South Dakota’s antiscience bill is stopped; and Idaho teachers, parents, and scientists urged lawmakers to keep climate change in proposed new state science standards. Teachers Eye Potential of Virtual Reality to Enhance Science […]

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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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