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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.

22 Dec 2011

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.

4 Oct 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. 

27 Apr 2012

Earlier  today the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee  approved its FY 2013 funding bill.  Reflecting  the budget deal worked out last year between the Obama Administration and  Congress, the subcommittee’s bill totals $33.4 billion.  The comparable House bill   totals $32.1 billion, resulting from a move by House Republicans to further  reduce total spending in the next fiscal year.

14 Mar 2014

The President’s FY 2015 Budget proposal for science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) education revises and develops the goals proposed in the Administration’s 2013 Federal STEM Education Five Year Strategic Plan.  In FY 2015, the Administration is not proposing the transfer of funding between federal agencies that was seen in the FY 2014 STEM education budget proposal.  The FY 2015 proposal restores some of the funding transferred in FY 2014 between federal agencies including N

17 Jan 2014

The FY 2014 appropriations cycle is coming to a close.  On Monday evening an almost 1,600 page bill was released that was the product of intense negotiations between the House and Senate Appropriations Committees since a budget agreement was announced in December.  This omnibus bill, consisting of twelve separate appropriations bills, was passed by the House on Wednesday by a wide margin, by the Senate last night by a vote of 72-26, and has been sent to President Obama.

26 Jul 2013

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, often referred to as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), has been due for reauthorization since 2007. While there is widespread bi-partisan agreement about the negative impact of many requirements of NCLB, there is also agreement that the law was well-intentioned and that the underlining principles should be at the forefront of discussions about K-12 education.

12 Jul 2013

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 227-198 the FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. During its two days of deliberations on H.R. 2609, the House considered more than seventy amendments to this legislation on programs such as ARPA-E, energy efficiency, Yucca Mountain, and life extension programs for nuclear weapons.