NSTA Legislative Update: May 3, 2010
5/3/2010 - Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
On April 28, the House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee voted to approve the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. In addition to authorizing the National Science Foundation, Title III of the bill addresses STEM education across the federal government. It includes the STEM Education Coordination Act (H.R. 1709, which will coordinate STEM education activities carried out across the federal government. The bill would also require the White House to create an advisory committee on STEM education that would be required to solicit feedback from a variety of stakeholder groups in order to offer guidance to the president on how to better align federal programs with the needs of states and school districts and to improve the relationship between public and private STEM education efforts. It is anticipated the bill will come to the House floor for a vote in June.