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The Congressional STEAM Caucus May Turn STEM to STEAM in the Reauthorization of ESEA

The Huffington Post – John M. Eger

“Like most you, perhaps, things just don’t seem to get done in Washington D.C. so I discounted the fact that a Congressional Caucus on STEAM, adding the arts to the call for more Scientists, Technologists, Engineers and Mathematicians was formed in 2013…Thanks to Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) who created the Caucus and persisted in changing the reauthorization of legislation supporting STEM initiative to recognize the enormous role of arts education. The caucus wrote the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology urging inclusion of provisions supportive of STEAM. Specifically, they asked that: “STEAM should be recognized as providing value to STEM research and programs across federal agencies through ‘Sense of Congress’ provisions and language clarifying that current research, data collection and STEM programs may include arts integration strategies and programs.””(more)

Will STEM Education Be The Child Left Behind?

NPR Ed – Eric Westervelt

“Leaders in business, education and politics love to talk up how important Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education is for America’s future…”People like to talk, but the actions don’t measure up to words,” says City College of New York physics professor Michael Lubell. He’s also a fellow at the American Physical Society, which has long sounded the alarm on the need to bolster physics, science and math education. “STEM today is the child left behind. And it’s being left behind at the juvenile level,” Lubell says. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle talk about STEM as being critically important. “But the number of champions in Congress for STEM ed has actually gone down” in recent years, Brown says.”(more)

Obama Appoints Panel to Champion Free Community College

Education Week – Catherine Gewertz

“President Barack Obama hasn’t been able to get his plan for free community college through Congress, so he’s trying another approach: assembling a panel of experts to help him make that vision come true on a state-by-state basis…Central to the plan is the College Promise Advisory Board, which will call attention to programs that already offer free community college, and work to persuade more states and cities to do so as well…”(more)

Study: Kids Aren’t Eating Extra Fruits and Vegetables

Education News – Grace Smith

“US lawmakers will be voting in less than a month on whether to reauthorize the program mandating healthier school lunches just as a new study has confirmed what school officials have thought all along – that quite a few students are putting the fruits and vegetables on their trays straight into the trash. The end result is that students are consuming less of the healthy food items than they did before the law took effect, writes Sally McCay of the University of Vermont. The study, published in Public Health Reports, is the first to use actual photographs of students’ lunch trays before and after they had eaten. It was also the first time a study has compared fruit and vegetable consumption before the legislation was in place and after the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was passed.”(more)

Alliance for Excellent Education Advocates ESEA Reading Support

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A report published by the Alliance for Excellent Education is urging Congress to focus on the development of literacy in students from early childhood through the twelfth grade in its rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) after finding that 60% of fourth and eighth graders in the US are struggling to learn to read. The report, The Next Chapter: Supporting Literacy Within ESEA, focuses on why students are having trouble learning to read and looks into the success behind federal efforts to improve literacy in the country…”(more)