FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill: Department of Education – Science Education Programs

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Publication date: 
4 October 2011

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The Senate Appropriations  Committee has approved its version of the FY 2012 Departments of Labor, Health  and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill.  This measure provides funding for the Department  of Education. 

Senate Report 112-84  accompanies this bill, S. 1599. In the introduction to the section on the  Department of Education, the report explains: “The President’s budget for  fiscal year 2012 was based on the administration’s proposal to reauthorize the  Elementary and Secondary Education Act [ESEA], but no such bill has passed the  Senate.  As a result, the Committee bill  is based on current law for programs authorized under the ESEA.”

The House Appropriations  Committee has not acted on its FY 2012 funding bill for the Department of  Education.

There were two sections of  the committee report focusing on science, technology, engineering and  mathematics education programs, as shown below.   Page numbers are provided for reference to the pdf version of the  report.

Under School Improvement  Programs is the following language on pages 172 and 173.

Effective Teaching and  Learning: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [STEM]

[This was a new program that  was to replace Mathematics and Science Partnerships.]

“The Committee recommends no  funds for the proposed Effective Teaching and Learning: STEM program. The  budget request for fiscal year 2012 is $206,046,000. Activities supported under  this proposed program are instead funded under current law.

“The Effective Teaching and  Learning: STEM would provide competitive grants to SEAs, [state educational  agencies] or SEAs in partnership with appropriate outside entities, to support  State and local efforts to implement a comprehensive strategy for the provision  of high-quality STEM instruction and support to students from preschool through  grade 12.”

Mathematics and Science  Partnerships

[The Administration requested  no funding for this program.]

“The Committee recommends  $175,127,000, the same amount as the fiscal year 2011 level, for the  mathematics and science partnerships program. The budget proposes $206,046,000  for a new Effective Teaching and Learning: Science, Technology, Engineering,  and Mathematics program.

“These funds will be used to  improve the performance of students in the areas of math and science by  bringing math and science teachers in elementary and secondary schools together  with scientists, mathematicians and engineers to increase the teachers’ subject-matter  knowledge and improve their teaching skills. The Department awards grants to  States by a formula based on the number of children aged 5 to 17 who are from  families with incomes below the poverty line. States then are required to make grants  competitively to eligible partnerships, which must include an engineering, math  or science department of an institution of higher learning and a high-need LEA [local  educational agencies].”