The Senate bill to reauthorize (rewrite) the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (commonly known as No Child Left Behind) is expected to come to the Senate floor for consideration on July 7.
The new Senate education legislation—Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177)—is a comprehensive and bipartisan bill that includes a significant focus on improving learning in the critical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
Continuing much of the work started with the current Title II B Math and Science Partnerships, Section 2005 in the ECAA would provide each state with formula-based funding that would be used to support partnerships between local schools, businesses, universities, and non-profit organizations to improve student learning in the STEM areas. Each state (and district) would choose how to spend and prioritize these funds, which can support a wide range of STEM activities from in-depth teacher training, to engineering design competitions, to improving the diversity of the STEM workforce.
Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind has been a long time coming. NSTA supports the Every Child Achieves Act because it would provide targeted funding and support to the states for STEM education.
We are asking you to support this bill and immediately contact your Senator with this message— Please support STEM education as a priority in the Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177).
We have set up a sample letter on the STEM Education Coalition website, which you can personalize and send directly to your Senators. All you need to do is click on this link and you can get started.
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