There are several Department of Education programs in the Senate FY 2009 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill that target science and math. Senate appropriators provided level funding for the Math and Science Partnerships, Minority Science and Engineering Improvement, and BA degrees in STEM and Critical Foreign Languages. S. 3230 included new money for Advanced Placement programs, but does not have funding for the proposed Math Now initiative.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 (H.R. 3288), signed by President Obama on December 16, contains funding for the Department of Education. Figures for programs listed below are rounded.
OFFICE OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
Education for the Disadvantaged School Improvement Grants- FY 2009 appropriation: $545.6 million FY 2010 request: $1,545.6 million, an increase of $1 billion, or 183 percent FY 2010 appropriation: $545.6 million
The House approved the Fiscal Year 2010 budget for the Department of Education on July 24, sending the engrossed bill to the Senate for action this week.
The House would fund the Department of Education’s various discretionary programs at nearly $65 billion, more than $1 billion higher than FY 2009, but about $18 million less than the Administration’s request. This number is buoyed by more than $98 million made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for education services.
President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget recommends $46.7 billion in discretionary funds for the Department of Education, a $1.3 billion increase over FY 2009.
Elementary and secondary education programs would receive $38.3 billion for FY 2010 an increase of $700 million over FY 2009. Postsecondary education programs would be increased from $3.4 billion in FY 2009 to $3.6 billion in FY 2010.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the budget proposal “an investment in reforms that work.”
One of the many issues Congress must deal with when it returns to Washington next week is the FY 2011 request by the Obama Administration to restart the production of Pu-238, the fuel used in radioisotope thermoelectric generators in deep space probes. After last year’s rejection by Congress of the request to fund the production of this isotope in the Department of Energy appropriations bill, the Administration has now proposed that the $30 million needed to start this process be equally divided between DOE and NASA.
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.
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) joined five of its Member Societies on March 26, endorsing a letter to the House Committee on Education and Labor with recommendations for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
The Department of Education recently issued a blueprint for ESEA reauthorization. That blueprint is a starting point for members of Congress to draft what will be the successor to the No Child Left Behind Act.