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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.

10 Jul 2015

On July 8, the House passed major legislation, by an almost party line vote of 218 to 213, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the primary legislation providing for a federal role in the nation’s K-12 education.

25 Jun 2015

House appropriators have approved the FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Bill.   Yesterday’s action by the full Appropriations Committee marks the first time in six years that this bill has been approved and sent to the House floor.

6 Feb 2015

The Administration’s FY 2016 request for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is based on recommendations from several reports from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in addition to the 2013 Federal STEM Education Five Year Strategic Plan.

30 Jan 2015

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a full committee hearing to examine teacher and principal evaluation, assessment and retention issues. The committee is currently considering input for a draft bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently referred to as ‘No Child Left Behind.”

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.