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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 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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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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Legislative Update: Unions and Civil Rights Groups Strongly Oppose DeVos Nomination






In what will likely be the first of many battles to come, teacher unions and civil rights groups have come out swinging against the nomination of Betsy DeVos to become U.S. Secretary of Education while Republican governors are applauding President-elect Trump for his “inspired choice” to reform federal education policy. The Senate confirmation hearing for […]

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Legislative Update: Looking Ahead to 2017






Congress left town last week after the Senate averted a government shutdown and approved a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government at FY17 funding levels through April 28. The Trump Administration will propose funding for the remainder of FY2017, which ends on Sept 30 2017, while also working to develop a FY2018 budget. […]

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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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