Full STEM Ahead: Supporting Girls of Color in the Field of STEM
Posted on Monday July 22, 2024

By: Megan Chan, STEM Policy Intern, Office of the Deputy Secretary In the ever-evolving world of STEM, dedicating spaces and opportunities to amplify girls of color are essential for their overall advancement in the field. This summer, I am serving as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Policy Intern at the U.S. Department of Continue Reading

Breaking Barriers: Creating Inclusive STEM Education for All Students
Posted on Friday July 19, 2024

By: Alina de Zoysa, STEM Policy Intern, Office of the Deputy Secretary On the first day of my freshman year, I walked into my AP Biology classroom and once again saw a familiar sight: I was the only minority. Throughout my education, my advanced STEM classrooms consistently lacked peers and educators who looked like me. Continue Reading

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals' Ruling on Biden-Harris Administration’s Saving a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan
Posted on Friday July 19, 2024

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today released the following statement about the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling on the Biden-Harris Administration’s Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan:

Biden-Harris Administration Approves Additional $1.2 Billion in Student Debt Relief for 35,000 Public Service Workers
Posted on Thursday July 18, 2024

The Biden-Harris Administration announced today the approval of roughly $1.2 billion in additional student loan relief for 35,000 borrowers across the country who work in public service. These approvals are the result of significant fixes that the Administration has made to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. This relief builds on President Biden and his Administration’s efforts to provide relief to as many borrowers as possible across the country.

U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Resolves Compliance Review of Colonial School District in Delaware, Examining Access of Students with Disabilities to Advanced Placement Courses
Posted on Thursday July 18, 2024

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced that the Colonial School District near Wilmington, Delaware, has entered into a resolution agreement to ensure the district’s compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II) with regard to providing students with disabilities equal access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Babies don’t come with instructions. But in Oregon, they now come with a nurse
Posted on Tuesday July 23, 2024

A new state program offers any family with a new baby a no-cost visit at home with a trained nurse. It’s Oregon’s response to the country’s dismal infant and maternal mortality rates.

The science section of the ACT exam will now be optional
Posted on Friday July 19, 2024

Students can now opt between several versions of the test: the ACT core exam (which includes reading, math and English), the ACT plus writing, the ACT plus science or the ACT plus science and writing.

Federal appeals court blocks remainder of Biden's student debt relief plan
Posted on Friday July 19, 2024

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a motion for an administrative stay filed by a group of Republican-led states seeking to invalidate the administration's entire student loan forgiveness plan.

35,000 more public servants see their student loan balances reduced or erased
Posted on Thursday July 18, 2024

The Biden administration announced $1.2 billion in student loan forgiveness for borrowers who work in public service, including as firefighters, social workers and teachers.

As discrimination complaints soar, parents of disabled students wait for help
Posted on Tuesday July 16, 2024

The Education Department is handling record numbers of discrimination cases, including those involving disability. The backlog leaves some families waiting for help.

Study: When allocating scarce resources with AI, randomization can improve fairness
Posted on Wednesday July 24, 2024

Introducing structured randomization into decisions based on machine-learning model predictions can address inherent uncertainties while maintaining efficiency.

Or Hen: Getting to the core of the matter
Posted on Wednesday July 24, 2024

To understand how everything from atoms to neutron stars behave, he says, requires “abstracting away the details to see main principles that drive everything.”

MIT researchers advance automated interpretability in AI models
Posted on Tuesday July 23, 2024

MAIA is a multimodal agent that can iteratively design experiments to better understand various components of AI systems.

MIT affiliates named 2024 HHMI Investigators
Posted on Tuesday July 23, 2024

Four faculty members and four others with MIT ties are recognized for pushing the boundaries of science and for creating highly inclusive and collaborative research environments.

Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT announces 2024-25 fellows
Posted on Tuesday July 23, 2024

Journalists covering key science issues around the globe will join the MIT community in August.