STEM education: K-12

As a number of FYIs over the past year have indicated, diverse reform efforts in K-12 science and math education are occurring on a number of fronts, both within and outside the federal government. An October 29 House Science Committee hearing reviewed the federal role in improving science education and asked the question: is the federal government coordinating its many programs for maximum effectiveness?

30 Oct 1997

Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) has asked his colleagues in the House of Representatives to support greater flexibility in how states could utilize Department of Education funding to encourage and support prospective STEM teachers.   

28 Oct 2014

"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

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