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STEM Education

FYI covers federal policies and programs focused on K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and informal education in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields, including those supported by the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and NASA.

3 Feb 2017

The chairman’s plans include reforming the use of science in EPA rulemaking, prioritizing basic research at the Department of Energy, promoting STEM education, overseeing cybersecurity investigations, and adjusting NASA’s mission portfolio.

10 Jan 2017

The current President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology held its final meeting on Jan. 6. On the agenda were a new report on maintaining U.S. competitiveness in the semiconductor industry, a biennial review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, and an addendum to PCAST’s September report on forensic science. The meeting closed with reflection on the council’s eight years of work under President Obama.

31 Oct 2016

The Department of Education released a report that outlines six focus areas that comprise an aspirational vision for U.S. STEM education over the next decade. Meanwhile, a national report card from the department shows science assessment scores for 4th and 8th graders are gradually improving while science achievement gaps between minority and non-minority students are narrowing.

1 Aug 2016

NSF’s education programs would see steady funding under current spending bills, while the Department of Education’s STEM programs are undergoing major statutory realignment, leading to disagreement between the president, House, and Senate on the best level of support.

18 Mar 2016

The Senate confirmed John King, Jr. as education secretary, promoting the former teacher and New York education commissioner from acting secretary to cabinet official. King will be responsible for implementation of the newly minted K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.

11 Dec 2015

The major new K-12 education law, which replaces the much-maligned No Child Left Behind, will strengthen federal support for STEM education at the nation’s public elementary and secondary schools through new funding streams and the creation of a new STEM teacher leadership corps.

9 Oct 2015

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the longest-serving member of President Obama’s Cabinet, announced on October 2 that he will resign in December, clearing the path for new leadership for the cabinet-level department.

7 Aug 2015

House and Senate appropriators took different approaches in their versions of the FY 2016 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill regarding the Mathematics and Science Partnership Programs.

7 Aug 2015

On July 28, Ainissa Ramirez - author, self-described science evangelist, and former Yale University Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science – delivered the 2015 Andrew Gemant public lecture at the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) annual meeting, focusing on the importance of teaching in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the idea of “encouraging the Einstein and Edison in everyone.”

10 Jul 2015

On July 8, the House passed major legislation, by an almost party line vote of 218 to 213, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the primary legislation providing for a federal role in the nation’s K-12 education.

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