A bi-partisan group of 19 US Senators joined together in support of keeping key STEM provisions from the Senate’s version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in the conferenced legislation. This letter comes in tandem with a similar bi-partisan letter signed by 34 House of Representative Members sent in October.
In the letter, the bi-partisan group stresses the importance of Math and Science Partnerships in the states, along with teacher professional development that is so critical to perpetuating modern STEM education in schools.
So far, more than 100 organizations have publicly supported making STEM a key priority under the rewrite of the law:
- 90+ Organizations Support Coalition Letter on Title II STEM Provisions
- Code.org and 17 leading National Companies and Associations
- National Science Teachers Association/National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- Microsoft Corporation
- National Center for Technological Literacy
- Tennessee Junior Academy of Science
- National Education Association
- Washington STEM
House-Senate staff-level negotiations over the ESEA bill have reached a critical juncture and the fate of the major STEM provisions in the Senate bill will shortly be decided. It appears that a final agreement on a bipartisan bill is within reach.
The STEM Education Coalition is an alliance of more than 600 business, education, and professional organizations that is dedicated to elevating STEM education as a national priority. It is based in Washington, DC