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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.

10 Jan 2008

The Consolidated Appropriations Act provides funding for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the Department of Education's Mathematics and Science Partnership program.


21 Dec 2009

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.


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

28 Jul 2009

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.

8 May 2009

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.”

24 Nov 2010

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. 

9 Aug 2010

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.

2 Apr 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.

29 Mar 2010

The Department of Education recently unveiled “A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act” (ESEA), the most recent version of which is called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). While the blueprint focuses in part on science, the accountability regime that only requires schools to count reading and math test scores remains.

31 Jul 2014

The Senate Appropriations Committee has released a draft version of the report accompanying the FY 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill.  This bill provides funding for the Department of Education and its STEM (science, technology, education and mathematics) education programs.

The bill was approved by the subcommittee on June 10.  The appropriations process is stalled and it is unknown when the full committee will consider the bill.  House appropriators have not moved their version of the legislation.