STEM Education

Congress should reject the President’s proposed cuts to ESSA Titles II-A and Title IV and instead support continued funding for these Titles.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) format_pdf passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support and was signed into law in December 2015. This new incarnation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (the previous version of which was known as “No Child Left Behind”) sets some national programs for education and dictates how states are allowed to spend the money they receive from the Department of Education.

Two portions of the bill are relevant to the physics community: Title II-A and Title IV. Title II-A concerns teacher preparation and allows states to put money towards "teacher preparation academies" like PhysTEC and UTeach, and professional development activities. These programs provide higher education instruction to develop high-quality high school physics teachers. Title IV allows states to fund after school and informal STEM-related programs.

Congress rejected the President’s proposed budget by fully funding Title II-A and providing modest increases to Title IV funding in fiscal year 2018 (FY18). However, the President continues to advocate for deep cuts to ESSA in his FY19 budget. APS believes Congress must continue to reject the President’s proposed cuts to ESSA, and provide sustained and robust funding for ESSA Title II-A and Title IV in FY19.

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