Department of Education

28 Dec 2001

As reported in FYI #153, conferees on the FY 2002 Labor-HHS- Education appropriations bill reached agreement on December 18. The conference report was passed by the House on December 19 and the Senate on December 20, and awaits President Bush's signature. Within the available funding for Department of Education programs, $12.5 million is provided for improving science and math instruction through the Math and Science Partnerships, which will be awarded in competitive grants by the Secretary of Education.

13 Dec 2001

For readers who support substantial funding for the new Education Department Math and Science Partnerships to improve science education, there may still be time to make your voice heard, but time is short. Conferees are now working to complete the bill that funds this program and, according to reports, may be considering only minimal funding for the Partnerships.

1 Apr 2003

Below, information is provided on the final FY 2003 appropriations for science education programs within the Department of Education, and within the National Science Foundation. It is of note that the Mathematics and Science Partnership program within the Education Department received $100.4 million for fiscal year 2003. This program was authorized at $450 million but only received minimal funding of $12.5 million in FY 2002. The FY 2003 appropriation represents an increase of over 700 percent, surpassing the threshold of $100 million needed to ensure that funding reaches all states.

12 Apr 2004

Now that many of the appropriations hearings for FY 2005 have been held, and appropriations subcommittees look ahead to drafting their spending bills for the coming fiscal year, Members of Congress are voicing their funding priorities in letters to key appropriators. A letter signed by many Members of Congress is likely to have more influence on the appropriations process. Therefore, as many recent FYIs have indicated, there is a flurry of "Dear Colleague" letters circulating on Capitol Hill at this time, each seeking additional signatures to letters expressing funding priorities.

3 Nov 2005

On October 26, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Teachers Association, in separate letters, informed the Kansas State Department of Education that it could not use their organization's copyrighted materials in the revision of the Kansas science standards. Both organizations disagreed with the draft standards as they relate to the theory of evolution. The Academy also disagreed with the redefinition of science in the Kansas draft. The American Association for the Advancement of Science issued a statement strongly supporting the action taken by both organizations.

8 Sep 2005

At a meeting last week of the DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee there was considerable optimism about the budgetary outlook for the Department of Energy's science programs, and a less promising prediction about FY 2006 funding for the National Science Foundation.

Most of the meeting was devoted to a discussion of a report by the Neutrino Scientific Assessment Group Subcommittee. The Advisory Committee, chaired by Richard F. Casten of Yale University, first heard from representatives of the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

7 Apr 2005

The Administration's FY 2006 budget request would slash funding for science education programs at NSF and restrict the availability of funds for the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program at the Department of Education, as reported in FYI #22. The American Institute of Physics has joined with several of its Member Societies and other scientific and educational organizations in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education to send letters to congressional appropriators in support of these programs.

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.


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