Coalition Supports Education Priorities in Omnibus

TweetJames Brown, Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition released the following statement upon the release of the FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill: “We are pleased to see education, especially science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)  education, prioritized in this year’s Omnibus federal spending bill. Congress has taken the correct steps to protect funding for vital […]

Building Blocks of STEM Act Passes House

Tweet The House of Representatives voted  to unanimously pass H.R. 3397 Building Blocks of STEM Act.  The bill, sponsored by Representative Jacky Rosen (NV-3), instructs the National Science Foundation, when awarding grants under the Discovery Research PreK-12 program, to consider age distribution in order to more equitably allocate funding for research studies with a focus […]

Joint Economic Committee Democrats Report: Expanding Opportunities through Middle-Skills Education

TweetThe U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a report titled Expanding Opportunities through Middle-Skills Education. The study explores “middle-skills” jobs, those that require more than a high school diploma and less than a bachelor’s degree. According to the report, programs that prepare young adults for middle-skill jobs must carefully balance industry-specific skills to more […]

Tax Bill Dropping Grad Tax Provision

TweetGood news!  Multiple outlets are reporting that the tax bill will not include a controversial provision making graduate school tuition grants taxable income.  The Coalition, along with many, many other education organizations, was publicly opposed to this provision and we helped recruit a number of members to a House Dear Colleague letter eventually signed by […]

STEM Education Coalition Statement on Higher Education Act Reauthorization

TweetThis week, the House Education and Workforce Committee will mark up the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, a comprehensive bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition James Brown made this statement on the bill. We appreciate that the PROSPER Act contains […]

National Science Foundation announces $115 million in undergraduate STEM funding for HBCUs and Hispanic-Serving Institutions

TweetThe National Science Foundation announced up to $115 million in funding to develop undergraduate STEM curriculum at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions through two grants. The grants, posted last week, seek to improve the quality of STEM education, as well as the retention and graduation rates of students pursuing degrees in […]

STEM in ESSA Plans: Early Analyses

TweetTwo education organizations have released early analyses of state education plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The reports focus on how states are utilizing new authorities under ESSA to prioritize STEM education in their plans. The brief titled Leveraging ESSA to Promote Science and STEM Education in States from Achieve “provides a landscape analysis of […]

Coalition Executive Director Testifies at House Science Committee

TweetToday, the Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition, James Brown, testified at the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology. The hearing was entitled, STEM and Computer Science Education: Preparing the 21st Century Workforce.  Fellow witnesses included: Mr. Pat Yongpradit, Chief Academic Officer, Code.org; Dr. A. Paul Alivisatos, Executive […]

National Academies Release Report: Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce

TweetThe National Academy of Engineering and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a reported titled Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce. The report was issued in response to the broad need for policy information related to skilled technical occupations. The report addresses the coverage, effectiveness, flexibility, and coordination of the policies and various programs. The full […]