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18 May 2015

The Physical Sciences Education Policy Coalition (PSEPC: AAPT, AAS, APS, OSA, AIP) has been advocating for a collective policy agenda on Capitol Hill to advance K-12 STEM education in the United States. PSEPC has been working with Senate staff on the Every Child Ready for College or Career Act, which would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Specifically, PSEPC is advocating for a) improved teacher quality by allowing states to use funding for teacher preparation and professional development programs directed toward higher education institutions, and b) pre-service training and in-service professional development to be explicitly allowable uses of Federal funding; and PSEPC reminded Congress specifically that there is a shortage of highly qualified teachers in the physical sciences. PSEPC was successful in getting language inserted into the bill that was consistent with these policy objectives. This bill was unanimously passed out of committee and now awaits consideration by the full Senate.