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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.

8 Mar 2019

Congress rejected proposed cuts to STEM education programs for fiscal year 2019, instead providing steady funding to most programs and a few targeted increases.

11 Dec 2018

The Trump administration’s newly released five-year strategic plan for federal STEM education programs calls for an expansion of work-based learning opportunities, increased engagement of underrepresented groups in STEM fields, and improved STEM literacy across the entire U.S. population, with a focus on computational and mathematical skills.

2 Nov 2018

To address the persistent underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM fields, the National Science Foundation has issued a set of major awards through its INCLUDES initiative to scale up promising strategies with a national network of projects.

10 Aug 2018

President Trump has signed legislation that updates the Department of Education’s $1.2 billion Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. The new law expands support for integrating STEM education into CTE efforts and complements recent White House initiatives focused on workforce development.

17 Jul 2018

In their fiscal year 2019 spending bills, House and Senate appropriators again reject the Trump administration’s proposed deep cuts across federal programs that support STEM education, instead seeking at least steady funding for most.

6 Jun 2018

A new American Physical Society survey finds the number of international students applying to U.S. physics Ph.D. programs fell by an average of 12 percent from 2017 to 2018.

24 Apr 2018

The House Science Committee unanimously approved a bipartisan bill that would direct the National Science Foundation to support several new grant programs focused on mentoring, training, and apprenticeships in STEM fields.

13 Apr 2018

At an April 11 hearing, House Science Committee leaders expressed deep concern about the scope of foreign espionage campaigns targeted at U.S. academic institutions and sought advice on how to implement countermeasures while maintaining an open research enterprise.

12 Apr 2018

The final spending legislation for fiscal year 2018 provides at least steady funding to most STEM education programs across the federal government, rejecting the deep cuts the Trump administration proposed.

13 Mar 2018

The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget request for the Department of Education prioritizes certain STEM education programs, while again proposing deep cuts to the department’s primary grant programs, which support STEM education at state and district levels. The administration would also mostly cut or maintain budgets for other STEM education programs across the federal government.

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