STEM education - K-12

11 Dec 2018

The Trump administration’s newly released five-year strategic plan for federal STEM education programs calls for an expansion of work-based learning opportunities, increased engagement of underrepresented groups in STEM fields, and improved STEM literacy across the entire U.S. population, with a focus on computational and mathematical skills.

25 Aug 2017

Most of the draft education plans that states have so far submitted for review to the U.S. Department of Education include STEM-related school performance indicators. A number propose new, federally supported STEM programs and initiatives,but the availability of funds for such activities hinges on the outcome of negotiations over funding levels for relevant DOEd grant programs.

25 Mar 2016

The House easily cleared legislation sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock that would call on NASA to continue three initiatives supporting women’s involvement in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and aerospace, and develop a plan to leverage NASA’s workforce to inspire girls to enter these fields.

23 Dec 2015

The annual spending law for FY 2016 modestly increases funding for the Department of Education and National Science Foundation, but the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education programs within the Department and Foundation are getting mostly flat funding.

17 Dec 2015

The annual spending legislation for FY 2016 would increase spending at the National Science Foundation by 1.6 percent over FY 2015 levels and provide direction to the agency on matters including research grant transparency, the replicability of scientific research, technology transfer, the future of supercomputing, astronomical sciences facilities and STEM education.

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 Nov 2015

Newly elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan brings a record of leading a bipartisan budget effort that provided relief from spending cuts at the science agencies, although he has also proposed multiple federal budgets that would have imposed cuts to discretionary spending, from which R&D is funded. In some cases, he has opposed federal support for science facilities and areas of research he believes are wasteful, at risk of mismanagement, or not government’s proper role.

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.

8 Oct 2015

President Obama yesterday signed into law the STEM Education Act of 2015.

6 Oct 2015

Rush Holt, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former U.S. Representative, spoke during an interview about the state of science in the U.S., how to communicate science to the public and policymakers, and how scientists and others can engage effectively with policymakers to be better advocates for science.

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