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STEM Roundup: NGA Plans, Modeling Project for States, NOAA Report

There are still more developments in promoting STEM education this week (beyond Obama's call for 10,000 new STEM teachers over two years).

First, the National Governors Association's Center for Best Practices today kicked off a public-private partnership with states and a business alliance called Innovate+Educate to improve STEM education through the "sharing of best practices and leveraging industry investments," according to a press release.

Meanwhile, the Business-Higher Education Forum and Raytheon Company yesterday announced a set of new activities to help policymakers and educators improve STEM education. They include a package of "hands-on tools" as well as a new, state-level STEM modeling project to help develop regionally-specific approaches to STEM education. As part of the announcement, the Business-Higher Education Forum issued a new report on increasing the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Finally, there's a briefing on Capitol Hill Oct. 6 to discuss a recent report from the National Research Council on reviewing the education programs at NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A press release notes that there is "a persistent concern about whether federal agency education programs are well coordinated within and across agencies, and whether the programs are reaching their goals. The NRC review ... deals directly with these issues."

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