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STEM Education

FYI covers federal policies and programs focused on K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and informal education in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields, including those supported by the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and NASA.

 
16 Feb 2006

The themes of competitiveness, innovation and the need for strong education in science and mathematics run through the Administration's FY 2007 budget request to Congress. Within the Department of Education budget request, some new and some existing programs have been pulled together into a $380 million "Preparing America's Students for Global Competition" program, with a major focus on mathematics, as part of the President's American Competitiveness Initiative.

 
20 Jul 2007

The House has now passed its version of the FY 2008 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill. During floor debate on the bill, an amendment was adopted to increase funding for the Department of Education's Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program, from the FY 2007 funding level of $182.2 million to $197.9 million. This represents an increase of $15.7 million, or 8.6 percent. Both the President and the House Appropriations Committee recommended flat funding of $182 million for the MSP program; the Senate Appropriations Committee called for $184 million.

 
2 Jul 2007

FY 2008 appropriations legislation for the Department of Education has now passed the full Appropriations Committee in the Senate, and the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee in the House. Both would provide virtually flat funding for the Education Department Math and Science Partnerships (MSP) program. Although it was originally authorized at $450 million, funding for this program has always fallen below $200 million.

 
14 Mar 2007

Representatives Vern Ehlers (R-MI) and Rush Holt (D-NJ) are seeking their colleagues' signatures on a letter requesting at least $450 million in funding for the Department of Education's Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program in the FY 2008 appropriations process. This is the originally-authorized funding level for the Education Department's MSP program, but the program has never received even half of that amount (the FY08 request is $182.1 million, equal to the FY07 request and the FY06 funding level).

 
12 Feb 2007

Federal efforts to improve science and math education would receive a boost under President Bush's FY 2008 budget request, as part of the American Competitiveness Initiative. All divisions within NSF's Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate would receive increases compared with the FY 2007 request. Funding for certain math and science education programs within the Department of Education (DoEd) would also be increased. However, the request for the Math and Science Partnership programs within both NSF and DoEd are equal to the FY 2007 requests.

 
14 Aug 2008

On July 31, Congress sent The Higher Education Opportunity Act (H.R. 4137) to the President’s desk.   Ten years after the last Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization, five years after legislators sat down to write another reauthorization, and after eight temporary extensions this year, the President has signed the overhaul into law.  Some highlights of the 400-plus page law include:

 FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

 
18 Jul 2008

There are several Department of Education programs in the Senate FY 2009 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill that target science and math. Senate appropriators provided level funding for the Math and Science Partnerships, Minority Science and Engineering Improvement, and BA degrees in STEM and Critical Foreign Languages. S. 3230 included new money for Advanced Placement programs, but does not have funding for the proposed Math Now initiative.

 
10 Jan 2008

The Consolidated Appropriations Act provides funding for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the Department of Education's Mathematics and Science Partnership program.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BIOMEDICAL IMAGING AND BIOENGINEERING:

 
21 Dec 2009

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 (H.R. 3288), signed by President Obama on December 16, contains funding for the Department of Education. Figures for programs listed below are rounded.

OFFICE OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION

Education for the Disadvantaged
School Improvement Grants-
FY 2009 appropriation: $545.6 million
FY 2010 request: $1,545.6 million, an increase of $1 billion, or 183 percent
FY 2010 appropriation: $545.6 million

 
28 Jul 2009

The House approved the Fiscal Year 2010 budget for the Department of Education on July 24, sending the engrossed bill to the Senate for action this week.

The House would fund the Department of Education’s various discretionary programs at nearly $65 billion, more than $1 billion higher than FY 2009, but about $18 million less than the Administration’s request. This number is buoyed by more than $98 million made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for education services.

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