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January 28, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Roundup: Obama drops tax plan for college savings; percentage of students studying STEM stagnates

Obama drops plan to end college-savings plans (The New York Times): Amid backlash from parents and lawmakers, President Obama has reversed course on his earlier proposal to end the tax-exempt status of popular college-savings accounts known as 529s. The director of Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) plan, a 529 program, had said earlier that Obama’s plan would be “devastating.”

Senate backs away from teacher evaluation requirement (The Washington Post): In a Tuesday hearing on No Child Left Behind, senators from both parties indicated they would not push for student test scores to factor into teacher evaluations, saying that step should be left up to the states. Sen. Patty Murray said she supports the use of teacher evaluations but is wary of student assessments being weighed too heavily in that process.

Percentage of students studying STEM stagnates (The Wall Street Journal): About one-third of all bachelor’s degrees in the U.S. were awarded to students studying so-called STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) in 2014, a percentage that’s remained virtually unchanged since 2004.

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