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NSTA Legislative Update: House Marks up FY2018 Appropriations

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) marked up their FY2018 education budget on Thursday; despite a lower funding level overall from last year, lawmakers seek to cut the Department of Education by $2.4 billion, or 3.5 percent. President Trump proposed cutting the Department’s budget by 13 […]

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ESSA—What’s in YOUR State Plan?

  States stakeholders are working now to develop plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These state plans will include new guidelines for accountability and much more. Plans are due to the U.S. Department of Education in either April or September this year.  Do you know what is in your state’s plan for […]

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Legislative Update: Committee Approves DeVos Nomination, Senate Vote Expected Next Week

On January 31, the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee voted to approve the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education by a party-line vote of 12 to 11. After the committee’s vote two key Republicans–Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska–said they would vote against DeVos’ confirmation on […]

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What’s Ahead for Science and STEM Education in the Trump Administration?

With the election now in the rear view mirror, what’s ahead for education and science education in the new Administration? Short answer, it’s too early to tell. During the campaign, education was largely ignored, so the education priorities for the new Administration are still a work in progress. Both the House and Senate remained in […]

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Join the National Day of Action for Full Funding of ESSA Student Success

Science educators, teacher leaders, and others in the STEM education community are encouraged to join thousands of K-12 educators, counselors, technology specialists, and librarians on October 26 for the national “Day of Action” to urge Congress to fully fund the flexible block grant (Student Support and Academic Enrichment Title IV, Part A) recently authorized in […]

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Feds Issue New Rules to Improve Teacher Preparation Programs

  On Oct. 12 the U.S Department of Education released final rules that will require states to establish an accountability system for their teacher preparation programs that includes how graduates perform as teachers based on their students’ academic success. Low performing programs that don’t measure up will risk the loss of federal TEACH grants. The […]

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Legislative Update: ESSA, Money, and More

  FY2017 Appropriations: Congress passed a stopgap spending measure on Wednesday, September 28—two whole days before the September 30 midnight deadline that would have shut down the federal government—that will maintain current funding levels for federal education programs and keep the government open until December 9.  Members of Congress have left town and are back […]

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Dept. of Ed Releases Proposed Rules on Title I Spending

On August 31 the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released proposed regulations to implement the supplement-not-supplant requirement in Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The rules were quickly denounced by top Republicans and will likely set the stage for a battle over implementing the new federal education law in the waning days […]

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NSTA Legislative Update: Update on ESSA; Good News for STEM and FY2017 Appropriations

  July 14, 2016: Congress is set to adjourn for the summer and will return after Labor Day. Before leaving town though there was a flurry of activity around appropriations for FY2017 programs and career and technical education. And the political drama continues as Education Secretary King answers questions from key Congressional Republicans over implementation […]

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Get Involved in Your State’s ESSA Planning

Many states are moving ahead rapidly in planning for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA requires that state and district stakeholders—including teachers—be given opportunities to shape how the new law will be implemented. This law will significantly affect science and STEM education for years. Do you know what your state is doing? […]

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