STEM education - University

27 Oct 1999

Last week saw action in both the House and the Senate on several K-12 education bills. There are a number of bills now in various stages of the legislative process that would affect federal support for education in different ways. The Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bills, which fund many departments and agencies in addition to the Department of Education, are caught up in budget and ideological battles, and the education programs are currently funded under a continuing resolution.

28 Jan 1999

Although the impeachment trial commands center stage right now, a number of issues that may affect science and technology will be facing the 106th Congress this year. Below are highlights of some of those items:

ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION:Education will be a hot topic in the 106th Congress. New House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) cited it as one of his top priorities, and President Clinton highlighted it in his State of the Union address. In addition, federal education programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act need to be reauthorized this year.

28 Dec 2001

House and Senate conferees reached agreement on the FY 2002 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations conference report (H.Rept. 107-342) late on December 18. As recent news reports indicated, the conferees appropriated only minimal funding - $12.5 million - for the newly-established Math and Science Partnerships to improve science and math education. These partnerships replace the Eisenhower Professional Development program as the only Department of Education program with funding specifically designated for science and math.

17 Oct 2001

Much attention has been focused recently on conferees' attempts to reconcile competing versions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (H.R. 1, known as "ESEA"), which will reform many Department of Education programs. Significant progress has also been made in the last two weeks on the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, which provide the actual funding for these programs.

3 Aug 2001

As Congress heads into its August recess next week, action continues on a number of K-12 education bills. Below is a clarification on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that is currently in conference, and updates on several other bills related to science and math education.

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

2 Aug 2001

Members of the House and Senate are now meeting to work out the differences in their versions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As reported in the previous FYI, both bills include some form of Math and Science Partnership initiative to improve education in K-12 science and math.

2 Aug 2001

After spending much of the spring working on legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) - an effort that stalled completely last year - both the House and Senate have passed versions of the bill (H.R. 1). Members from both chambers have now been appointed to a conference committee and are beginning the process of reconciling the differing bill versions. President Bush is hoping that a final version of the bill can be worked out before Members of Congress leave on August 6 for a month-long recess, and in time for the beginning of the new school year.

28 Jun 2001

A day before passing its version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (H.R. 1), the Senate voted overwhelmingly (91-8) to approve a non-binding "Sense of the Senate" amendment offered by Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) regarding the teaching of biological evolution. The amendment was approved on June 13 by all of the Democrats who were present and all but eight of the Republicans present; those eight reportedly opposed it as inappropriate federal intrusion into a local matter.

21 Jun 2001


After six weeks of floor debate, the Senate on June 14 passed its version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), by a margin of 91- 8. (The House passed its ESEA bill by a 384-45 vote on May 23.) The next step for this bill, which reauthorizes the majority of the Department of Education's K-12 programs, is a House-Senate conference, but conferees have not been named yet. Reportedly, the change of majority in the Senate and ensuing negotiations over Senate organization have caused some delay.

10 May 2004

As reported in FYI #59, several reports have been issued this year by BEST (Building Engineering and Science Talent), an organization seeking to promote diversity in science and engineering academia and industry. BEST recently released reports on "what is working" to improve diversity in pre-K-12 education and in the workplace.


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