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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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Let’s Help Every Student Succeed with STEM






NSTA, in collaboration with 100kin10 and other key STEM leaders, has developed a new campaign designed to ensure that STEM and science/STEM teachers are a focus of the new federal education law at the state and local levels. The goal of the Every Student Succeeds with STEM campaign is to support members of the STEM community […]

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Trump’s Pick for Education Secretary and Changes on Capitol Hill






As widely reported, President-elect Trump has nominated Betsy DeVos to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education. DeVos, 58, chaired the American Federation for Children, an advocacy group that has aggressively pushed to expand charter schools and school voucher programs. She stepped down from that position after the nomination.  The selection of DeVos as Education […]

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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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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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NSTA Legislative Update: Senate Passes Bill to Fund FY2017 ED Programs






Senate Passes Bill to Fund FY2017 ED Programs Its once again appropriations time in the nation’s capital, and this year federal lawmakers are working hard to pass the 12 FY2017 appropriations bills via regular order, instead of resorting to a series of continuing resolutions or relying on one big omnibus bill to fund the government. […]

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NSTA Legislative Update: Teacher Appreciation Week, ESSA, and More






There has been a good deal of activity at the Department of Education with the ESSA and on Capitol Hill recently. But first, a shameless plug—mark your calendars now to join NSELA (National Science Education Leadership Association) and NSTA for a joint webinar on the new federal education law–The Every Student Succeeds Act– on Wednesday, […]

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NSTA Legislative Update on FY2017 Funding, ESSA and More






There has been a lot of activity on Capitol Hill with FY2017 appropriations, the new federal education law ESSA, and at the Department of Education. The Race is on for FY2017 Appropriations It’s not clear where and if the political winds will be blowing (and if they will knock out the regular appropriations process for […]

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President Obama Releases FY2017 Budget






President Obama released the Administration’s FY2017 budget request this week, including mandatory spending of $4 billion for the opportunity to “give every student from preschool to high school the opportunity to learn hands-on computer science (CS).” The President’s budget provides $69.4 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Education, a 2 percent increase over […]

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