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9/19/2017

Spending on elementary through high-school education declined by about 3% in the US between 2010 and 2014, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's annual report of education indicators. Data show that other OECD countries often get better outcomes by spending less money and focusing on different priorities.

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9/19/2017

A high school in Iowa is starting an agriculture education program this year and is working to get a chapter of the National FFA Organization off the ground. Toni Rasmussen, the school's first agriculture teacher, says there has been a lot of interest in the program.

9/19/2017

High-school students in Michigan will be able to earn certifications in coding, programming, game design and network security as part of a new lineup of technology-focused career and technical education courses. Students will learn to design Android applications and program Python language, among other things.

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9/19/2017

A middle college is opening at Parkway Center City High School in Philadelphia this fall. Under the program, students graduate from high school with a high-school diploma and an associate degree.

9/19/2017

Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Clinic will offer a blended degree program to help working nurses get a bachelor's degree. CSU School of Nursing Dean Timothy Gaspar said Northeast Ohio will need at least 3,500 more nurses by 2020, including nurse managers with advanced degrees, because of an aging population.

9/19/2017

Architecture students at colleges in Texas are working in teams to design plans for a proposed West Rail Trail. Students will collaborate on the plans, which are expected to be presented publicly in December.

9/18/2017

Connecting science, technology, engineering and math lessons to the real world is a great way to excite students, asserts Kenneth Huff, a middle-school science teacher in New York and a 2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador. Huff shares ideas in this article, including how he presents his class with a science "phenomena" -- such as why water balloons break only sometimes -- and asks students to provide explanations.

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Kenneth Huff, New York
9/18/2017

A successful and popular high-school internship program is helping to improve outcomes for students from low-income families in Minnesota. In this commentary, Kelli Hillestad, a school counselor, shares six components of the program's success.

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The Hechinger Report
9/18/2017

Texas Instruments has announced a new robot designed for middle- and high-school instruction in science, technology, engineering and math. TI-Innovator Rover is expected to be available to schools in the US and Canada in the fall.

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9/18/2017

Minorities may be psyching themselves out of succeeding in science, technology, engineering and math fields, researchers from San Francisco State University say. Researchers have identified a "stereotype threat," in which people are concerned about reinforcing a negative stereotype, and have developed an online tutorial to help educate students about this phenomena.

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National Public Radio