Math and Science Partnership Funding Restored!

Greetings STEM Ed Coalition Affiliates and Colleagues-

Good News!

This afternoon the Senate Appropriations Committee restored $51 million in funding for the Department of Education’s Math and Science Partnership, which had been earlier been cut from the program by the Labor, HHS, Education Subcommittee.   The program would continue at the current funding level of $150 million under the bill approved today.

For the past 2 days the Coalition has worked very closely with Sen. Shelby to build support for an amendment that would restore the proposed cuts to the MSP program.  Over the past day, dozens of organizations have voiced their support for that amendment and more than 1,000 people sent letters to Senators on this matter through the Coalition’s website.  As it became clear that a majority of Senators from both sides of the aisle were opposed to cuts to the MSP program, the leadership of the Appropriations Committee decided to include the Shelby Amendment in the final “Manager’s” bill approved by the full Committee this afternoon.

Our Coalition extends its profound thanks to Sen. Richard Shelby and to all of the organizations that added their voice to this successfull effort to ensure EVERY state will continue to recieve federal support for STEM reform efforts.  Below is the list of everyone group who lent their support to the amendment.


-Jodi and James
STEM Education Coalition

National Science Teachers Association

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

American Mathematical Society

American Society of Civil Engineers


American Chemical Society

Education Development Center, Inc.


Hands on Science Partnership

American Society of Agronomy

Crop Science Society of America

Soil Science Society of America

Campaign for Environmental Literacy

American Association of Physics Teachers

American Statistical Association


School Science and Mathematics Association

Triangle Coalition

National Council for Advanced Manufacturing

Society of Women Engineers

Center for Innovation in Engineering  & Science Education (CIESE) & Stevens Institute of Technology


National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions (NASSMC)

Texas STEM Center Coalition

American Society for Microbiology

National Society of Professional Surveyors

Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance

National Society of Professional Engineers

Stratford STEM Magnet High School

National Council of Structural Engineers Associations

Action Works

Engineers Without Borders-USA

EAST Initiative

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics

Next Steps, powered by Earth Force (formerly the Association of Science Materials Centers)

LearnOnLine, Inc

ecoCAD Design Group, LLC

Tech House

National Girls Collaborative Project.

Technology Student Association

American Institute of Physics

American Physical Society

The Optical Society

STEM Education Alliance at the College of William and Mary

Oregon State University

National Science Education Leadership Association

Association for Women in Mathematics

Project Exploration
CESA6 for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Southwest Technology Center



Jodi Peterson
Chair, STEM Education Coalition
Assistant Executive Director, Legislative and Public Affairs
National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 312-9214 (office)

James Brown
Executive Director
STEM Education Coalition
700 North One Lafayette Centre
1120 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 400-2192

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