10 winning teams of "Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge" were announced on November 6. Over 160 proposals were received from educators, students, policymakers, industry leaders, technology developers, and the public with their bold ideas to reimagine what the higher education ecosystem will look like in 2030 and concrete actions to take today to move us in that direction. Each winning team will receive a customized set of support from the U.S. Department of Education and its partners in the public and private sectors to assist in the launch of the pilot programs and further develop their visions.
36 states had governor’s races on November 6, and seven cast ballots for state schools chief on issues like funding, school choice, school safety and ESSA implementation. Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming elected Republican incumbents for Superintendents and Republican Governors in Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Texas and Vermont while Democrat Governors were elected in Hawaii and Oregon.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a resource guide to understanding state and local report cards required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For the first time ever, states will be required to report funding from federal, state and local sources, and how much money is spent per pupil. Parents will be able to utilize this valuable information to make informed decisions about their child’s current education, as well as future learning pathways.
REL Midwest will host a 30-minute documentary screening at Michigan State University on evidence-based practices to support Latino students on their pathway to a postsecondary education. Researchers will discuss instructional practices teachers can use to support Latino students in high school and strategies and approaches to encourage Latino student success in college.
U.S. Department of Education Fulfills Administration Promise to Invest $200 Million in STEM Education
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has not only fulfilled but surpassed President Trump's directive to invest $200 million in high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), including computer science, education. In total, the Department obligated $279 million in STEM discretionary grant funds in Fiscal Year 2018.