STEM education: K-12

Congress  and the President have agreed on a final FY 2012 appropriations bill.  H.R. 2055 combines nine funding bills, and is  accompanied by House Report 112-331.  This 1,385 page report contains the bill  language and a second section with the appropriators’ recommendations. See page  1147 for the recommendations for the Department of Education.

22 Dec 2011

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed three bi-partisan bills relevant to the scientific community.  A fourth, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Policy Reauthorization Act was pulled from consideration but is expected to be voted on shortly by the House.

18 Jul 2014

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There is widespread agreement  that American schools must improve K-12 instruction in science, mathematics,  engineering, and technology.  A new  National Research Council report highlights how little firm evidence exists  about how best to do so.

14 Oct 2011

The American Institute of Physics, along with four of its  Member Societies, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American  Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Astronomical  Society endorsed a letter sent by the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Coalition  to Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and Harold Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Members Thad  Cochran (R-MS) and Norman Dicks (D-WA) of the

7 May 2012

The American Institute of  Physics (AIP) along with over 40 organizations including two of its Member  Societies, the American Physical Society and the American Geophysical Union,  signed a letter sent by the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)  Education Coalition to Rep.

2 Mar 2012

“Even as we find ways to cut spending, what we can’t do  is cut back on investments like education that will help us create jobs and  grow our economy.”  - President Barack  Obama

“In these tough budget times, the Obama Administration is  making a clear statement that high-quality education is absolutely critical to  rebuilding our economy.  If we want to  strengthen the American workforce, we must continue to invest in education.” -  US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

17 Feb 2012

There  are over 100 federal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)  education programs administered by a dozen different agencies. However, primary  support for STEM education comes through the Department of Education and  National Science Foundation (NSF).

18 Feb 2011

Casting doubts on  the United States’ ability to maintain its global edge in scientific  innovation, a new study from three prominent education researchers finds that  the U.S. lags far behind other nations in producing high school students who  are highly accomplished in math. Comparing the percentage of students who  achieve advanced scores on a standardized math test in 56 industrialized  nations, the study found that the U.S. was significantly outperformed by 30 of  the 56.

11 Feb 2011

The  House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013 recommends  an overall 4.4 percent decrease in funding for the 6.1 Basic Research, 6.2  Applied Research, and 6.3 Advanced Technology Development programs.  The House passed this bill, H.R. 4310, on May  18.  The counterpart bill in the Senate  was passed in committee but the accompanying report has not been issued.

31 May 2012

The American Institute of Physics, along with four of its  Member Societies, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American  Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Astronomical  Society endorsed a letter sent by the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Coalition  to Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and Harold Rogers (R-KY) and Ranking Members Thad  Cochran (R-MS) and Norman Dicks (D-WA) of the

7 May 2012

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