STEM Education

Congress should pass the Senate version of the FY18 Appropriations bill to fund ESSA Title II and Title IV.

STEM EducationThe 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 has not yet passed a complete FY18 Appropriations bill. The House proposed bill completely eliminates Title II-A funding and cuts Title IV funding. The Senate bill maintains FY17 funding levels for Title II-A, while providing a slight increase to Title IV funding. APS believes Congress should adopt the Senate version of the FY18 budget that funds ESSA Titles II-A and IV.

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