Department of Education

Many federal department and agency budgets contain some funding for science and math education activities. However, the major efforts on science and math education are conducted by the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. Information on the FY 2001 budget request for science and math education within the Department of Education is provided below. Details of the request for NSF's Education and Human Resources Activity will be provided in a subsequent FYI.

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18 Feb 2000

In the Senate, authorizing legislation for Department of Education programs, including those focusing on science and math education, is drafted by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The National Science Foundation also funds programs in science and math education; authorizing legislation for NSF is under the jurisdiction of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space. Below is the roster for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for the 106th Congress.

8 Apr 1999

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies is responsible for writing an appropriations bill that funds, among other agencies, the Department of Education. Below is the roster for this subcommittee for the 106th Congress. Information on rosters comes from Congressional Quarterly. See http://www.senate.gov/senators/index.cfmfor the Web sites of all senators.

8 Apr 1999

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies is responsible for writing an appropriations bill that funds, among other agencies, the Department of Education. Below is the roster for this subcommittee for the 106th Congress. Included with each subcommittee member's name is a list of the higher education institutions in his or her district. Information on rosters and university/college listings comes from Congressional Quarterly.

8 Apr 1999

"Implementing the [Standards] is a large and significant process
that will extend over many years....  Change will occur locally,
and differences in individuals, schools, and communities will
produce different pathways to reform....  Nevertheless, with the
common vision of the Standards, we can expect deliberate movement
over time, leading to reform that is pervasive and permanent." 
      -- National Science Education Standards

11 Jan 1996

Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) has asked his colleagues in the House of Representatives to support greater flexibility in how states could utilize Department of Education funding to encourage and support prospective STEM teachers.   

28 Oct 2014

Yesterday, the Senate passed its version of a funding bill for the Department of Energy. Although tradition dictates that the House mark up appropriations bills first, Senate appropriators, anxious to make progress before the August recess, drafted their own Energy and Water Development bill (S. 1004) rather than wait to receive the House version.

17 Jul 1997

The latest findings from the most recent international comparison of grade-school math and science achievement reveals some more optimistic results for the U.S. than earlier data. The first report based on the "Third International Mathematical and Science Study" (TIMSS), released in November, focused on eighth-graders (see FYI #159, 1996.) It showed that U.S. eighth-graders ranked slightly below the international average in math, and slightly above in science.

3 Jul 1997

There has been considerable discussion about the state of mathematics and science education in America. The American Institute of Physics and five of its Member Societies - American Association of Physicists in Medicine, American Association of Physics Teachers, American Astronomical Society, The American Physical Society, and the American Vacuum Society - have joined 41 other science, mathematics, and engineering organizations in endorsing the following statement sent to all Members of Congress and the President:

10 Jun 1997

"The Teacher Empowerment Act maintains an important focus on math and science, as under current law, but the legislation expands teacher training beyond just the subjects of math and science." Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA)

4 Jun 1999

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