Department of Education

The Senate is moving rapidly to pass a Department of Energy appropriations bill which would provide a $50 million increase to the Office of Science and zero out funding for the ITER fusion project.

20 Apr 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.

18 Mar 2016

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.

11 Dec 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.

9 Oct 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.   House appropriators provided no funding for this program, in contrast to the Senate bill.  This and other differences will be resolved when Congress returns from its summer recess.

Mathematics and Science Partnerships:

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.”

7 Aug 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.  The House bill was controversial due to the way it would shift the delegation of authority and control of a number of Department of Education programs from federal to local level.

10 Jul 2015

House appropriators have approved the FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Bill.   Yesterday’s action by the full Appropriations Committee marks the first time in six years that this bill has been approved and sent to the House floor.

25 Jun 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

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