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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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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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Education Gets $1.2 Billion Increase in FY16 Omnibus

Earlier this week the House Appropriations Committee released the FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which provides for discretionary funding for the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2016. The bill funds the Department of Education at $68 billion, a $1.2 billion increase above the fiscal year 2015 level.

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NCLB Reauthorization Moves Forward; New Ed Law Possible by Christmas

No Child Left Behind is closer to becoming history. Earlier this week House and Senate education leaders announced they had come to an agreement on the major differences between the House-passed (H.R. 5) and Senate-passed (S.1177) bills to reauthorize No Child Left Behind and quickly named conference committee members. A three-page summary of the Framework […]

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Will STEM Education Be the Child Left Behind? NSTA Legislative Update

Last week in the Senate, Senators Franken and Kirk circulated a Dear Colleague letter addressed to the ESEA conference leaders, asking them to include the Senate language they introduced (and was passed) in the Senate bill that includes targeted funding for STEM education. As of Friday, October 30, 2015, the letter was signed by 16 […]

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Update on No Child Left Behind Reauthorization

The hot parlor game recently among education advocates is whether the reauthorized version of No Child Left Behind will make it across the finish line this fall amid the turmoil in Congress and the unexpected departure of Education Secretary Arne Duncan at the end of the year. Despite this, and the fact that members of […]

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Support STEM Education in Final No Child Left Behind Legislation

In light of the changing political players (and dynamics) on Capitol Hill, last week 10 education groups—including the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, American Association of School Administrators, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Council of Chief State School Officers, Association of School Business Officials International, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National […]

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NSTA Legislative Update: June 7, 2015

Earlier this spring the U.S. House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act Reauthorization Act of 2015 (HR 1806) by a vote of 217-205, with 23 Republicans joining every Democrat present in voting against the bill. The bill was strongly opposed by a number of groups—including the Association of American Universities, Computing Research Association, American […]

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NSTA Legislative Update: Negotiations Continue on ESEA Rewrite

Bipartisan negotiations continue between the two education leaders in the Senate. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have issued a statement that they indeed intend to release their bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) the week of April 13 (Congress is now off for their two […]

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