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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.

22 Jan 2015

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced his intention to mark up and pass a bill through his committee to reauthorize the federal government’s primary elementary and secondary education law.

16 Dec 2014

Congress has completed the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with House and Senate approval of a $1.1 trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015. 

10 Apr 2002

"Congress talks constantly about education, but it rarely listens, and it listens least of all to the most important experts - actual classroom teachers, the folks at the front lines..." -- House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert

28 Jun 2000

Support, praise, and bipartisanship marked a pair of recent House Science Committee hearings reviewing two of the bills introduced by Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI) to improve the nation's K-12 science, math, engineering and technology (SMET) education. The positive atmosphere was barely even diminished for long when Science Committee Chair James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) berated the witness from NSF for not submitting her testimony in time for the May 17 hearing, and refused to let her testify. "It is insulting to the committee," Sensenbrenner told the witness. "You get an 'F' for today."

7 Jun 2000

Today, the House is scheduled to begin floor debate on its FY 2001 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees marked up their versions of the Labor- HHS-Education bill last month. In both bills, it appears that teacher professional development in science and math would receive at least as much as the current appropriation, but actual funding levels are not clear.

25 Apr 2000

"The appropriations express" is how a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) describes the Senate in May. If all goes as scheduled, appropriations bills funding the Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation will be written during the next five weeks. Now is the time to contact your representative and two senators about these funding bills for FY 2001.

18 Feb 2000

Many federal department and agency budgets contain some funding for science and math education activities. However, the major efforts on science and math education are conducted by the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. Information on the FY 2001 budget request for science and math education within the Department of Education is provided below. Details of the request for NSF's Education and Human Resources Activity will be provided in a subsequent FYI.


8 Apr 1999

In the Senate, authorizing legislation for Department of Education programs, including those focusing on science and math education, is drafted by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The National Science Foundation also funds programs in science and math education; authorizing legislation for NSF is under the jurisdiction of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space. Below is the roster for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for the 106th Congress.

8 Apr 1999

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies is responsible for writing an appropriations bill that funds, among other agencies, the Department of Education. Below is the roster for this subcommittee for the 106th Congress. Information on rosters comes from Congressional Quarterly. See the Web sites of all senators.