STEM education: K-12

"These studies suggest that students appear to disengage from learning critical mathematics and science content as they progress through the school system." --NSF Director Neal Lane

27 Feb 1998

Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Michigan) has taken a prominent position this Congress in addressing K-12 science and mathematics education issues. He, along with colleague Rush Holt (D-New Jersey), have worked hard to make sure science and math education remain a priority in the plethora of education-related bills that have been introduced this year. A former educator of physicists and of future science teachers, Ehlers has been asked by the House Republican leadership to conduct a comprehensive examination of math and science education in this country.

18 Nov 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.

27 Oct 1999

June 22 saw a lot of activity on the K-12 education front. New legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to expand states' ability to waive federal education regulations. In addition, a Senate hearing in preparation for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) focused on teacher professional development. While the new bills would decrease the federal government's control over use of its education dollars, witnesses at the hearing testified to the importance of maintaining a federal emphasis on issues such as professional development.

25 Jun 1999

"One way the federal government can help foster a world-class system of education is by linking K-12 education with our already world-class science and engineering enterprise." NSF Director Rita Colwell

5 May 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 Jan 1999

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.

28 Dec 2001

Reports indicate that the finish line may be in sight for both the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and for the FY 2002 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill, which funds programs within the Department of Education.

10 Dec 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.

17 Oct 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

3 Aug 2001


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