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JETS Adopts Water-access Competition Theme

The Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) has adopted the theme, “Water, Water, Everywhere” for its annual TEAMS competition for high school students.

The nonprofit organization, which promotes engineering and technology careers among youth, said it was inspired by National Academy of Engineering’s “grand challenges,” one of which is providing access to clean water.

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Mississippi Tests Civil Rights Curriculum

In Mississippi, where mention of the civil rights movement evokes images of bombings, beatings and the Ku Klux Klan, public schools are preparing to test a program that will ultimately teach students about the subject in every grade from kindergarten through high school.

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Track Record Key to New Grant Program

In the U.S. Department of Education’s first substantial preview of the $650 million “Investing in Innovation” grant program—newly dubbed the “i3 Fund”—Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sketched out three broad grant categories that, in essence, will make the biggest awards where there’s the most evidence of success.

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NEA Blasts Obama on ‘Race to the Top’

The nation’s largest teachers union has sharply attacked President Obama’s most significant school improvement initiative, saying that it puts too much emphasis on a “narrow agenda” centered on charter schools and echoes the Bush administration’s “top-down approach” to reform.

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Science Board Looks for Secrets of Innovation

How can schools produce more mathematics and science students with a distinct and hard-to-define skill: the ability to innovate and become future innovators in American business, science, medicine, and other areas?

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Teaching Hopefuls Find Tight Market

Across the nation, alternative-route program officials say they are seeing increasing enrollments from career-changers with strong backgrounds in the highly sought-after fields of math, science, and technology, according to Education Week. But despite state efforts to create pathways to teaching tailored to math and science professionals, the downturn has shrunk the overall availability of teaching […]

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U.S. High Schoolers Lag in Math, Science

American 15-year-olds place below average in math and science compared with their peers in other advanced industrialized countries, according to a new analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics. In math, U.S. high schoolers were in the bottom quarter of the countries that participated, trailing countries including Finland, China and Estonia, CNN reported. “We […]

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Income-based Gaps Widen in SAT Scores

Although more minority students took SAT tests this year, worrying gaps remain between male and female students, and between students of different ethnic groups and family incomes — and some of those gaps widened this year, said Robert A. Schaeffer, public-education director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing. The Chronicle of Higher […]

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Kennedy’s Legacy Includes ‘No Child’ Law

Among the bipartisan legislative accomplishments forged by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who died of brain cancer Aug. 25, was the 2001 No Child Left Behind law. It requires states to set objectives of proficiency in basic skills. Schools that receive federal Title I funds face sanctions if they don’t meet the standards. Kennedy worked with […]

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