STEM education: K-12

President Obama spoke for 20 minutes yesterday at the fifth White House Science Fair.   In addition to highlighting the projects of several of the 100 participating students, Obama made three announcements regarding access to broadband services, new private-sector commitments of $240 million for STEM education programs, and initiatives to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

24 Mar 2015

The Administration’s FY 2016 request for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is based on recommendations from several reports from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in addition to the 2013 Federal STEM Education Five Year Strategic Plan.

6 Feb 2015

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a full committee hearing to examine teacher and principal evaluation, assessment and retention issues. The committee is currently considering input for a draft bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently referred to as ‘No Child Left Behind.”

30 Jan 2015

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced his intention to mark up and pass a bill through his committee to reauthorize the federal government’s primary elementary and secondary education law.

22 Jan 2015

Astronaut, revered senator, and American hero John Glenn was appointed chair of the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century, on no less auspicious a date than the 30th anniversary of the first Moon landing. (See FYI #120for details of the commission's report).

9 Oct 2000

The current system for preparation and on-going professional development of K-12 science and math teachers "needs rethinking and improvement, and not just on a small scale," warns a new report by a National Research Council committee. The committee offers recommendations for improvement that encourage partnerships between the K-12 and higher education communities in providing for teachers a seamless spectrum of continuous learning.

12 Sep 2000

Hardly a week has gone by this summer in which K-12 science and math education has not received attention on Capitol Hill. The American Chemical Society, through its "Science and the Congress" project, has played a role in keeping the K-12 education topic visible to Members of Congress through a series of briefings. A July 25 discussion, co-hosted by Reps.

31 Jul 2000

At an April 11 press conference, Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI) introduced three bills that address reform of science and math education in the nation (see FYI #39). "These bills represent the best achievable, practical solution to a very real problem," Ehlers stated in a press release. "They should be viewed as the first forward step in what will certainly be a long process to establish science, mathematics, engineering, and technology [SMET] education that is truly worthy of our country and our children." Below is a summary of the issues targeted in each bill:

17 Apr 2000

"Teachers provide the essential connection between students and the content they are learning. Thus, high quality teachers must be identified, recruited, and retained in every school district throughout the Nation." -- Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI)

12 Apr 2000


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