NSF FY02 Request: EHR; Dept. of Education's Eisenhower
2002 Budget Request to Congress" states that "The FY 2002 Budget Request
for the Education and Human Resources (EHR) Activity is $872.41 million,
an increase of $86.79 million, or 11.0 percent, over the FY 2001 Current
Plan of $785.62 million. In addition, $144.0 million in funds are projected
from H-1B Nonimmigrant Petitioner Receipts in FY 2002." This brings
the total EHR FY 2002 budget request to $1,016.41 million. According to
the request, NSF's EHR Activity " encompasses every educational level
and type of learning (formal and informal) in all parts of the country.
Its programs develop models and strategies for providing all students
access to high quality, standards-based educational opportunities."
There are eight
Subactivities within Education and Human Resources:
The Math and Science Partnerships (MSPI)
is a new initiative to improve math and science education, proposed
by President Bush in his "No Child Left Behind" education reform plan.
The Partnership initiative would receive $200.00 million in first- year
funding. The budget document states, " The Partnership initiative
will provide funds for states and local school districts to join with
institutions of higher education, particularly with their departments
of mathematics, science, and engineering, in strengthening math and
science education. It is designed to mobilize the mathematicians, scientists,
and engineers of higher education to be part of the solution to K-12
education - to help raise math and science standards, provide math and
science training for teachers, and create innovative ways to reach underserved
schools and students. It emphasizes ensuring that all students have
the opportunity to perform to high standards, using effective, research-based
approaches, improving teacher quality, and insisting on accountability
for student performance. One of its key objectives is to eliminate performance
gaps between majority and minority and disadvantaged students."
Of the $200.00 million requested for this initiative, $120.00 million
would be redirected from existing NSF education programs.
The Educational System Reform (ESR) budget
would decrease 59.0 percent, or $65.19 million, from $110.44 million
to $45.25 million. According to the budget document, " ESR programs
implement large-scale reform of science, mathematics, and technology
(SMT) education, particularly at the preK-12 level, across the nation....
A total of $65 million is redirected in support of MSPI in order to
expand the reach of the models for action brought about through ESR
programs.... Remaining funds will support extant awards, with the possibility
of supplements, as warranted."
The Office of Innovation Partnerships
budget would decrease 11.8 percent, or $10.00 million, from $84.81 million
to $74.81 million. This Subactivity supports the Experimental Program
to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). No funds are requested for
Innovation Partnership Activities in FY 2002. A total of $10.00 million
is redirected to the Math and Science Partnership initiative.
The Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education
budget would decrease 18.3 percent, or $37.00 million, from $202.61
million to $165.61 million. The budget document states that " Approximately
$37 million is redirected in support of MSPI. FY 2002 funds will sustain
continuing projects and focus on high priority areas that create synergy
for projects supported within MSPI " in areas of Instructional and
Assessment Materials Development, and Teacher and Student Development.
The Undergraduate Education budget would
decrease 5.9 percent, or $8.35 million, from $140.95 million to $132.60
million. This Subactivity includes support for Curriculum, Laboratory,
and Instructional Development, and Workforce Development. The budget
document says, " The FY 2002 decrease of $8.35 million largely reflects
the redirection of funds in support of the President's Math and Science
The Graduate Education budget would increase
8.8 percent, or $7.75 million, from $87.75 million to $95.50 million.
This Subactivity includes support for Graduate Research Fellowships,
Graduate Teaching Fellowships in K-12 Education, and Integrative Graduate
Education and Research Traineeships.
The Human Resource Development budget
would decrease 0.3 percent, or $0.25 million, from $90.69 million to
$90.44 million. This Subactivity, the budget document says, " seeks
to increase the participation and advancement of underrepresented groups
and institutions at every level of science, mathematics, engineering,
and technology education."
The Research, Evaluation and Communication
(REC) budget would decrease 0.2 percent, or $0.17 million, from $68.37
million to $68.20 million. The budget document states, " REC's portfolio
of nearly 200 projects spans early childhood through adult learning,
including preK-16 education. It is characterized by its multidisciplinary
expertise in cognition, learning theory, technology, pedagogy, instructional
workforce development, policy, and education system reform."
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION EISENHOWER PROGRAM:
Within the Department
of Education, professional development for science and math teachers
has been funded explicitly within the Eisenhower Professional Development
state grants program. Total FY 2001 funding for the Eisenhower program
was $485.0 million, with $250.0 million of that amount specifically
set aside for science and math. This year, the Administration's request
would consolidate the Eisenhower program into a broader Teacher Quality
initiative. The budget request calls for "$2.6 billion for State
grants for improving teacher quality, a new formula grant program that
would combine funding from several existing education programs, including
the Class Size Reduction and Eisenhower Professional Development State
Grants programs, into performance- based grants. The proposal would
provide a $375 million or 17 percent increase over the antecedent programs
to help States and local educational agencies (LEAs) fund their own
needs and priorities in developing and supporting a high-quality teaching