STEM Education & Workforce

15 Dec 2010

House  Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) addressed the National Press Club on  Monday.  In his remarks on the 2010  election and the economy, Hoyer spoke of finding common ground between the  parties on “investing in outstanding education and basic research.”  Hoyer also referred to the reauthorization of  the America COMPETES bill and how it “unfortunately failed to win Republican  support in this Congress.”

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.

28 Jul 2008

Chairman George Miller (D-CA) opened a recent House Committee on Education and Labor hearing on “Innovation in Education through Business and Education STEM Partnerships” with a statement calling for a redoubling of efforts to make math and science education a priority in schools. Witnesses included PGA golfer Phil Mickelson and Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

23 May 2008

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) have jointly introduced legislation to coordinate the nation’s STEM education initiatives.  The Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Act of 2008 (H.R. 6104) was introduced on May 21 in both chambers.  Cosponsors include Reps. George Miller (D-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Labor and Education; Vernon Ehlers (R-MI); and Rush Holt (D-NJ).

12 Sep 2007

House Education and Labor Committee leaders George Miller (D-CA) and Howard McKeon (R-CA) have released an unnumbered discussion draft for reauthorization of “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB), the law that provides federal education funding to states and requires accountability through state “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) measurements.

2 Jul 2007

How is globalization affecting U.S. high-tech workers? What steps should the government take to ensure sufficient jobs and a robust high-tech workforce in the future? What are the roles of community colleges and industry in producing highly-skilled employees for technical and manufacturing jobs? The House Science and Technology Committee addressed these issues in two recent hearings. Witnesses at the first hearing indicated that not enough is yet known about the consequences of offshoring of high-tech jobs.

15 Aug 2005

Two Capitol Hill events this summer looked at how the U.S. can maintain a global lead in science and technology in the face of growing competition from abroad. A June 23 roundtable discussion was organized by House Democrats, and on July 21 the full House Science Committee also explored this topic. The Science Committee hearing will be covered in FYI #122.

23 Nov 2004

On November 18, the DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) met for the last time in its current form. At the meeting, a substantial portion of time was devoted to the nuclear science and engineering workforce, and how best to educate, prepare, diversify and maintain it for the 21st century.

15 Nov 2004

NSF's Science Resources Statistics Division (SRS) collects information on many aspects of the U.S. science and engineering (S&E) workforce, including ethnicity, gender, occupational group and highest degree earned, from high school diploma to PhD. An "InfoBrief" issued by SRS in August examines "the occupational and demographic characteristics of individuals who have been successful in obtaining employment in S&E occupations with the academic credentials of an associate's degree or a high school diploma."

3 Sep 2004

Asking the provocative question, "How we will recognize a shortage or surplus in the scientific and technical workforce?" the recently-published proceedings of a conference held last December highlight the second half of the conference's theme, "improving the data system for decisionmaking."

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