Category Archives: Legislative Update

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Legislative Update: ESSA, STEM Funding, and More






Every Student Succeeds Act Looking for funding sources for STEM activities, resources and professional learning this fall? Take a look at this powerpoint on the Every Student Succeeds Act, the new federal education law, which includes key highlights that will be in place later this year and federal funding for STEM initiatives. Update on FY2018 […]

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Legislative Update: Trump Budget Proposes Cuts in Education






President Trump’s budget is not expected out until Tuesday, May 23, but the Washington Post is reporting that the Administration is planning massive cuts to the U.S. Department of Education, and is proposing  that another $1 billion be provided for school choice programs. (In related news, Secretary DeVos is expected to unveil the Administration’s school […]

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Legislative Update: Congress (Finally) Approves FY2017 Budget






Although we are now more than half way through FY2017, as expected both the House and Senate passed, and President Trump signed into law, the bill for FY2017 appropriations before the May 5 deadline that would have closed the federal government. Here are how STEM-related programs fared in the spending bill: ESSA Title IV, Part […]

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Legislative Update: FY2017 Funding, Vouchers and More






First up—guidance you do not want to miss: Last week, the U.S. Department of Education issued a seven page memo detailing possible uses of federal funding through ESSA to support STEM education. The must-see document has helpful examples of how states, schools and districts can leverage ESEA, IDEA, and Perkins Funds for STEM education. The letter […]

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Legislative Update: Trump Releases “Skinny Budget” for FY2018






Administration’s Proposal Funds School Choice, Eliminates ESSA Title II and Afterschool Programs President Trump released his “skinny budget” on Thursday, March 16 and as expected, the budget increases defense and security but cuts funding for key education programs. The 2018 Budget proposes $59 billion for the Department of Education, a $9.2 billion cut to the […]

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Legislative Update: Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing March 15 to Focus on STEM Education






Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing March 15 to Focus on STEM Education The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, and Education will hold a hearing next Wednesday, March 15th, on federal STEM education programs. NSTA member (and NSELA Board member) Larry Plank, STEM Director for the Hillsborough School District in Florida, will be testifying before the committee. […]

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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: DeVos Confirmed as ED Secretary/House Kills ESSA Accountability Regulations






After a long and contentious confirmation battle the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education on February 7 after a highly partisan 51 to 50 vote. Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote to confirm DeVos after two Republican Senators—Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—joined Democrats and voted nay during […]

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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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Legislative Update: Senate Confirmation Vote for DeVos Scheduled for Jan 31






Following a contentious confirmation hearing for Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos that evoked images of guns and grizzlies and showcased a lack of understanding of key education issues, the Senate HELP Committee postponed its planned confirmation vote on her nomination until Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. after Democrats said they didn’t have enough time […]

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