House STEM Bills look to increase access to STEM Education for veterans, women, girls, and early learners

Tomorrow morning, the House Science and Technology Committee is marking up a bi-partisan package of several STEM-related bills that pertain to the National Science Foundation. The Coalition has been active in providing feedback and the final language reflects that input, especially as it relates to utilizing a broad application of the term STEM education, rather […]

Policy Forum Hosts Briefing on STEM in State ESSA Plans

This morning, the STEM Education Coalition Policy Forum hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill with Battelle/STEMx. The briefing, entitled STEM in the States: Impacts of the Every Student Succeeds Act featured expert panelists Anand Vaishnav of Education First, Stephanie Rodriguez of the Afterschool Alliance, and Michael Feder of Battelle/STEMx. The speakers presented their findings on the state level […]

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Coalition Lauds Forever GI Bill Signing

Yesterday, President Donald Trump signed The Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 or ‘Forever GI Bill’ into law. James Brown, the Executive Director of Coalition released the following statement: “The STEM Education Coalition applauds the Forever GI Bill becoming law. We thank the legislators and veterans groups who spent countless hours working on […]

STEM in ESSA Plans: Early Analyses

Two 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

Today, 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 […]

Dept. of Education Responds to Coalition’s Concerns About Science Accountability

On June 23, the STEM Education Coalition expressed strong concerns to the Department of Education (ED) that the first round of ED feedback sent to Delaware was widely viewed as discouraging states from including science in their state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act.  These concerns were covered in numerous press stories, including the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coalition Makes Recommendations on Dept. of Ed. Grantmaking

Earlier this week, the STEM Education Coalition responded to Secretary Betsy DeVos’s proposed priorities for the Department of Education. The Department uses these priorities to guide their competitive grantmaking. The Coalition recommended that the Department utilize an inclusive definition of STEM and prioritize high-needs populations in their grantmaking. The Coalition also urged that “STEM education […]