Coalition Urges White House on OSTP Nominations

The STEM Education Coalition co-signed a letter to President Trump urging him to nominate highly-qualified individuals to serve in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Positions within the Office, including the Director role, have remained vacant since the President’s inauguration. OSTP is part of the Executive Office of the President and directs federal efforts […]

Perkins Reauthorization Passes Committee

This morning, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce favorably reported H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to the whole House of Representatives. The bill, which is largely identical to the legislation the House passed in September 2016, was introduced by Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and […]

STEM Education Coalition Policy Forum Hosts Hill Briefing

On May 10, the STEM Education Coalition Policy Forum hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill. The briefing, entitled “STEM 101: Major Policy Issues for the 115th Congress,” featured expert panelists Dr. David Evans of the National Science Teachers Association, Allyson Knox of Microsoft, Dr. Norman Fortenberry of the American Society for Engineering Education, Domenic Giandomenico of […]

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

The 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 […]

Dept. of Ed. Issues STEM Guidance Memo

The Department of Education (ED) issued a seven-page memo detailing potential ways to use federal formula grant funds to support STEM education.  The document references funds available through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins). The […]

Festo Joins Leadership Council

We are pleased to announce that Festo Didactic has joined the STEM Education Leadership Council. Festo is one of the largest global companies in the world of advanced manufacturing and particularly in manufacturing automation. Festo Didactic is the company’s education division and produces equipment, curricula, and training for educators in career and technical education settings. Their service portfolio offers […]

Coalition Statement on President’s Proposed Budget

The STEM Education Coalition has issued the following statement on President Trump’s proposed FY2018 budget: “Our Coalition is disappointed in the Budget’s choice of priorities for federal investments in education.  The President has repeatedly talked about the need for a world-class American workforce.  We do not think this Budget, which would eliminate federal support for teacher […]

Senate Appropriations Holds STEM Education Hearing

On March 15, the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing entitled, “STEM Education: Preparing Students for the Careers of Today and the Future”. Witnesses at the hearing included:  Sarah Tucker, Ph.D., Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community & Technical College Education; Larry […]