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Trump is scrapping Obama ed groundwork one policy at a time, and there's likely more to come
Education Dive – November 6, 2018

In October 2015, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump said if he was elected president, he would consider eliminating the U.S. Department of Education. While that hasn’t happened since he took office in January 2017, his administration has gutted or changed much of the Obama-era policies and guidelines that previously defined the K-12 sphere, and more changes seem to be on the way.

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Betsy DeVos Releases 'Parent Guide' to ESSA Report Cards
Education Week – November 7, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her team have created a guide to help parents make better sense of the maze of data that states are required to put in their new report cards under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

DeVos previously put out a "Parent's Guide" to the law itself.

"Parents deserve to know what is happening in their child's school," DeVos said in a statement. "They should not have to parse through a 500-page legal document to understand how a law or policy affects their children's education. This guide demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing parents with user-friendly tools and the information necessary to make informed decisions. Informed parents become empowered and engaged parents who are able to better advocate on behalf of their children."

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House Democrats expected to ramp up oversight of DeVos
Politico – November 7, 2018

HOUSE DEMOCRATS EXPECTED TO RAMP UP OVERSIGHT OF DEVOS: Democrats seized control of the House on Tuesday night, likely placing Rep. Bobby Scott in charge of the House education committee. And that means the hot seat is about to get even hotter for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Democrats on the campaign trail this cycle used DeVos as a symbol of what's wrong with President Donald Trump’s policies, pushing ads that portrayed her as an out-of-touch billionaire and enemy of public education intent on unraveling civil rights and higher education consumer protections. With Democrats’ takeover of the House, they gain new authority to propel DeVos — and her top aides — to testify or turn over documents.

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A STEM Student’s Journey to NASA
The Clipper – October 31, 2018

19-year-old Clarie Calicdan, a STEM student from EvCC, beams with pride as she gives a recount of her internship at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Hancock, Mississippi. The center is the largest rocket engine test complex in the country.

Calicdan spent her summer working at its ASTRO CAMP®, which is a series of week-long summer camps that are part of the NASA Out-of-School Time Learning and Human Exploration Organization initiatives, which seek to provide opportunities for learners to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational activities.

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Positive Signs for STEM Education in Federal FY19 Budget
Society of Women Engineers – press release – October 30, 2018

With the passage into law of the FY19 (10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019) spending bill that will fund Department of Education, Labor and Health and Human Services, President Trump committed federal dollars to key budget line items SWE has been advocating for since the proposal of the FY18 budget in early 2017 and the FY19 budget earlier this year, respectively.

The package increases education spending; the Department of Education would get $581 more than in FY 2018. In addition, the bill rejects the spending cuts proposed by the White House earlier this year. Significant line items the administration originally slated for elimination included the Title IV, Part A block grant (the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant program), Title II aid for educator professional development, and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which supports afterschool programs.

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