The Higher Education Act is currently under discussion in the House Education and Workforce Committee and will soon be up for reauthorization. Of particular interest is a section of the bill on teacher quality enhancement, which closely relates to PhysTEC and the Physics Teaching Resource Agent Programs. The importance of high-quality teacher preparation in physics has been a longstanding issue for AIP and its Member Societies. APS and AAPT staff, along with the AIP government relations team, will continue to hold ongoing discussions with the committee and members of Congress regarding these and other programs in hopes of shaping discussions on the Hill about teacher preparation and professional development programs at institutions of higher education.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education is a widely discussed policy topic, and the physics societies play an important role in promoting the importance of disciplinary-based education research, research experiences for undergraduates, and professional development for physics educators. As issues arise regarding K-12 science education, courses taught at two- and four-year colleges, and graduate education, we will continue to facilitate discussions with the Hill and the Administration to emphasize the work of the physics societies in improving physics education at all levels.