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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was recently signed into law by President Obama after sailing through the House and Senate, repealing No Child Left Behind. The new legislation allocates more power to states to hold schools and districts accountable for failing students, and rejects the overuse of standardized tests. More unconventionally, ESSA encompasses a plan that includes a more well-rounded education for all students; for the first time ever, music education is now included as a stand-alone subject, comparable with the likes of ELA and math.

Medical school is becoming more and more specialized, and students are asked to narrow their focus to a small segment of medicine in order to become successful.

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A study at the University of Arkansas has found that the benefits of visiting a museum go far beyond an increased knowledge of art.



First Lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) formally launched a competition to promote the development of mobile app solutions that will help students navigate education and career pathways, including career and technical education (CTE). The competition is a part of the First Lady's "Reach Higher" initiative, which seeks to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.

A Big Apple nonprofit landed millions of dollars this summer to train teachers to give lessons in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).