Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., did not reach an agreement over the weekend to reopen the federal government. Some experts say a short-term government shutdown likely will not affect education on a broad scale, but a longer shutdown could have implications for Head Start, Impact Aid and some higher-education programs.
Library media specialists in more than a dozen Connecticut districts are reinventing school libraries for the 21st century. Efforts in some libraries include movable furniture, computers and programming opportunities as well as space for tinkering and making with Kinex and Lego bricks.
Two teachers-turned-astronauts plan to carry out four lessons that teacher Christa McAuliffe planned to lead in space before she was killed in the 1986 explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The lessons will be conducted by Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold, filmed and posted online by the Challenger Center, which supports science, technology, engineering and math education.
Students in a Virginia school district are working toward earning cosmetology licenses through a career and technical education program. Some of the students in the program work in one school's Wildcat Salon, which is open to the public.
A new initiative launched by the Learning Policy Institute and EducationCounsel seeks to create a framework for colleges and universities to consider students' high-school assessment projects in admissions decisions. Use of such measurements would not take the place of traditional admissions materials but could enhance diversity in admissions, a report from the groups asserts.
Students who graduate from the Philadelphia school district's career and technical programs are being hired by the district as plumbing and electrical apprentices. Officials say the program is intended to give students job experience and help the district fill open positions.
Some students enrolled in Ohio's career and technical education programs already are being recruited by area manufacturers. Representatives from over 30 manufacturers are expected to attend an upcoming student competition that tests manufacturing skills.
Area employers are working with some high schools in Minnesota to better prepare students for college and career. The E3 STEM program, for example, helps provide students with experiences in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
West Virginia Northern Community College has hired a former student as its first female welding technology instructor. Brandy Killeen previously worked as a lab assistant.