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. The complementary Math and Science Partnership program
within NSF received $126.7 million, a decrease of 20.8 percent from
the FY 2002 level.
As indicated in previous FYIs, the numbers provided in the final conference
report, House Report 108-10, were then reduced by rescissions made elsewhere
in the report. When possible, an attempt has been made to take rescissions
into account when presenting the numbers below. When rescissions are
not accounted for, it is so noted. Some explanatory quotes from the
report language are also provided.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:
The IMPROVING TEACHER QUALITY budget increases $80.0 million, or 2.8
percent, from $2.85 billion in FY 2002 to $2.93 billion in FY 2003.
Of the FY 2003 appropriation, $1.15 billion "is provided as a fiscal
year 2004 advance." This program funds state grants for teacher
development in all fields, including science and math.
The MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE PARTNERSHIPS budget increases $87.9 million,
or 703.2 percent, from $12.5 million in FY 2002 to $100.4 million in
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION:
The entire EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES budget for NSF increases $8.9
million, or 1.0 percent, from $894.3 million in FY 2002 to $903.2 million
in FY 2003.
Below, quotes from H. Rpt. 108-10 are provided for the programs within
the Education and Human Resources budget. These quotes do not take rescissions
into account; all amounts below are subject to a reduction of 0.65 percent:
MATH AND SCIENCE PARTNERSHIPS: "$127,500,000 for the Math and
Science Partnership program. The Foundation is strongly urged to provide
regular, detailed information to the Committees on Appropriations regarding
the planning and execution of this initiative."
EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM REFORM: "$40,250,000 for Educational System
EPSCoR: "$90,000,000 for the Experimental Program to Stimulate
Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program."
ELEMENTARY, SECONDARY, AND INFORMAL EDUCATION: "$177,440,000 for
Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education. Within this level of funding,
$61,000,000 has been provided for the Informal Science program, an increase
of $6,000,000 above the budget request."
UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: "$160,600,000 for Undergraduate Education.
Of the amount appropriated herein, $43,160,000 has been provided for
the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, $22,000,000 is for
the STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP), and $7,000,000 is for the
Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. These funding levels represent increases
above the budget submission of $5,000,000, $20,000,000 and $3,000,000,
GRADUATE EDUCATION: "$140,880,000 for Graduate Education. The
conferees have provided an increase of $12,500,000 above the budget
request to increase graduate level stipends for the research and teaching
fellowship programs and the trainee program administered by the Foundation
through its Graduate Education program. The conferees support increasing
the graduate stipend level to $27,500 during fiscal year 2003 as the
first of what is expected to be a two-year process to reach a stipend
level of $30,000."
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT: "$105,210,000 for Human Resource Development.
Within this funding level, $31,530,000 is provided for the Louis Stokes
Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, an increase of
$5,000,000 above the budget request. In addition, $18,900,000, an increase
of $5,000,000 above the request, has been provided for the Historically
Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduates Program (HBCU-UP). The
conference agreement additionally provides for an increase of $5,000,000
for the HBCU Research University Science and Technology (THRUST) initiative
within the Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology
(CREST) program. While the conferees agree that eligibility for THRUST
should not exclude CREST recipients, NSF is directed to first use fiscal
year 2003 program funds to fully fund multi-year awards to recipients
of THRUST awards in the program's first year."
RESEARCH, EVALUATION AND COMMUNICATION: "$67,200,000 for Research,
Evaluation and Communication."