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Chicago's 'STEM' Connection

The mass migration from Chicago to Washington sparked by President Obama continues, it seems.

We're a little behind the times on this one, but Michael C. Lach, who previously oversaw high school curriculum and instruction in the Chicago public schools, in November joined the U.S. Department of Education as a special assistant focused on STEM issues. (Among the many other migrants from Chicago, of course, is Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the former schools chief in the Windy City.)

Lach will be speaking late this afternoon at a Washington conference on math and science learning hosted by the National Science Foundation. (He'll be joined by another Education Department official, James H. Shelton, the assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement.)

Lach and Shelton will "talk about the role of STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] education as part of the Obama administration's broader education reform efforts and opportunities for STEM to advance the country's innovation agenda in education and other areas requiring STEM competencies," according to a department press release.

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