Odds and Ends.
* In celebration of Read Across America Day (March 2), President Trump issued a statement (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/presidential-message-read-across-america-day-2019/), the Department shared photos of agency staff reading to their children (https://twitter.com/usedgov/status/1101861468239097856), and a Homeroom blog post details "5 Tips to Encourage Reading at Home (https://blog.ed.gov/2019/03/5-tips-to-encourage-reading-at-home/)."
* On February 27, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved the nomination (https://www.help.senate.gov/chair/newsroom/press/senate-education-and-labor-committee-advances-11-well-qualified-nominees) of Robert King to be the Department's Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, sending it to the full Senate.
* The Department is inviting applications for new awards under the Full-Service Community Schools Program (https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/parental-options/full-service-community-schools-program-fscs/).
* A National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report, "Projections of Education Statistics for 2027 (https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2019001)," has data on student enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures for schools and degree-granting institutions.
* The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), appointed Lesley Muldoon as its new executive director (https://www.nagb.gov/news-and-events/news-releases/2019/release-20190304-executive-director-release.html).
* The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the American Theatre Wing are looking for emerging songwriting stars under the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge (https://www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/songwriting). This national competition is open to high school students who have a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production (encompassing a range of styles, including hip-hop, rock, R&B, country, jazz, and more). Applications will be accepted through April 30.
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