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FY 2011 Department of Education Appropriations Bill—STEM Highlights

Rob Boisseau
Number 88 - August 9, 2010  |  Search FYI  |   FYI Archives  |   Subscribe to FYI

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The Senate concluded committee work on the FY 2011 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriation on July 29. 

Agency wide Department of Education, and select science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and related programs follow.  Figures are rounded:

Department of Education:
FY 2010 appropriation: $63,717 million
FY 2011 Administration request: $50,700 million
Senate full committee recommendation: $66,415 million, an increase of $2,698 million or 4.2 percent above FY 2010.

Note that the Administration’s budget request was proposed on the basis that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would be reauthorized.  For example, the Administration recommended changing Pell Grant funding from discretionary to mandatory funding.  As it was not, the Administration’s budget request is markedly different from what the Senate or House Appropriations Committees intend to fund.  Thus, the Administration’s $50,700 million discretionary request is not entirely comparable to the FY 2010 appropriation, or the Senate’s recommendation.

Mathematics and Science Partnerships:
FY 2010 appropriation: $180.5 million
FY 2011 Administration request: $0
Senate full committee recommendation: $180.5 million, an increase of $0 above FY 2010.

Effective Teaching and Learning: STEM:
FY 2010 appropriation: $0
FY 2011 Administration request: $300 million
Senate full committee recommendation: $0.

The Effective Teaching and Learning: STEM program was intended to replace the Mathematics and Science Partnerships program.  This program was proposed in the Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization blueprint.

Educational Technology State Grants:
FY 2010 appropriation: $100 million
FY 2011 Administration request: $0
Senate full committee recommendation: $100 million, an increase of $0 above FY 2010.

21st Century Community Learning Centers:
FY 2010 appropriation: $1,166 million
FY 2011 Administration request: $1,166 million
Senate full committee recommendation: $1,266 million, an increase of $100 million or 8.6 percent above FY 2010.

Race to the Top:
FY 2009 supplemental appropriation: Race to the Top was first funded at $4,035 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a supplemental appropriation.
FY 2011 Administration request: $1,350 million
Senate full committee recommendation: $675 million, an increase of $675 million above FY 2010.

Investing in Innovation Fund:
FY 2009 supplemental appropriation: Investing in Innovation Fund was first funded at $650 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a supplemental appropriation.
FY 2011 Administration request: $500 million
Senate full committee recommendation: $250 million, an increase of $250 above FY 2010.

Rob Boisseau
Media and Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics
rboissea@aip.org
301-209-3094