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house Bill H.R. 1020

Do Federal STEM Education Programs Need To Expand Their Scope?

Argument in favor

Adding computer science to the definition of "STEM" education, and spreading programs outside of the classroom will increase student interest and skill in these fields.

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09/03/2015
"Education must be a right of all people." [twitter.com]
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04/29/2015
"America's future is written in our classrooms." "Preparing our students with the skills they need to get good jobs and compete with other countries relies increasingly on interactive, personalized learning experiences driven by new technology."
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09/03/2015
“Twenty-five countries are better than us at education... And some of them are like third-world countries." [businessinsider.com]
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Argument opposed

Without a solid cost estimate, it's hard to know if these changes are fiscally sound, or even guaranteed to improve STEM education initiatives.

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02/24/2015
I'm not going to lie. I despise children. There, I said it.
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ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/23/2015
Government funding does not equal success.
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Elinor's Opinion
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03/24/2015
The federal government should not be involved in education. That federal department uses coercion through bribery and extortion to penalize those of us in the hinterlands who know what children need to learn and who know the standards should never be determined by politically-biased DC bureaucrats and politicians.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1020?

This bill proposes three changes to federal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education initiatives: 
  • First, it would officially include computer sciences in the definition of “STEM education" — ensuring that federal grants and programs related to STEM will also go to funding computer science education. 
  • Secondly, the bill would authorize STEM agencies to fund research that advances outside-the-classroom STEM education. 
  • Third, the bill would expand the National Science Foundation's Noyce Scholarship to include applicants with bachelor's degrees — not just master's degrees.  

Impact

U.S. students, federal STEM education initiatives and agencies, the National Science Foundation, Noyce Scholarship applicants and recipients, U.S. educators and public schools.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1020

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In Depth: 

NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency already include computer sciences in their definition of STEM. 

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Wikipedia (Previous Bill Version)

Computing Research Policy Blog (Previous Bill Version)

(Photo Credit: Flickr user A. Buser

AKA

STEM Education Act of 2015

Official Title

To define STEM education to include computer science, and to support existing STEM education programs at the National Science Foundation.

bill Progress


  • EnactedOctober 7th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed September 24th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed February 25th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 412 Yea / 8 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedFebruary 20th, 2015

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    "Education must be a right of all people." [twitter.com]
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    I'm not going to lie. I despise children. There, I said it.
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    "America's future is written in our classrooms." "Preparing our students with the skills they need to get good jobs and compete with other countries relies increasingly on interactive, personalized learning experiences driven by new technology."
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    “Twenty-five countries are better than us at education... And some of them are like third-world countries." [businessinsider.com]
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    "Twenty-first century innovations require an educated workforce, especially in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math)." [elizabethwarren.com]
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    Education is a right — and to preserve that right, we need to establish our education programs inside and outside of the classroom. Extending these funds would make that a reality, improving the academic achievements of students who need extra facilitation.
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    "We know we will have succeeded if we create a million more STEM-ready graduates that we need by 2018 to meet the growth in STEM-related occupations... By the end of this decade, we're going to need 200,000 more software developers, 40,000 more computer network support specialists, 500,000 more nurses, 30,000 more physicians assistants, nearly 10,000 more petroleum engineers." [washingtonexaminer.com]
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    Government funding does not equal success.
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    “We've worked with our Maryland teachers to create the No. 1 public school system in the nation. I'm honored that the NEA recognizes our strong partnership and the great results it has produced with this award." [www.nea.org]
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    “The US ranks 25th out of 34 countries in the OECD in math, 17th in science, and 14th in reading. That performance simply will not do in a highly competitive global economy.” Read more at http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Jeb_Bush_Education.htm
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    “Computer science is continually changing the world we live in, and we need to appropriately prepare students to live and work in a world embedded in technology.” Read more at http://walker.wi.gov/newsroom/press-release/transforming-educationdeveloping-our-workforce-governor-scott-walker-signs#sthash.YeiIDWP5.dpuf
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    The federal government should not be involved in education. That federal department uses coercion through bribery and extortion to penalize those of us in the hinterlands who know what children need to learn and who know the standards should never be determined by politically-biased DC bureaucrats and politicians.
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    As a high school student thinking about going into engineering in the future, I can confidently say from experience that increasing STEM funding has a huge impact. Not only does investing in STEM create opportunities for students to get interested in new career paths, it also helps build up and train a smarter, more innovative future workforce in one of the worlds fastest expanding job sectors.
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    The country needs to regain educational supremacy in the fields of math and science and this is the way to achieve that
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    We need to rebuild America for those who dream big and have a sense of community. That's what we're trying to do.
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    I agree with Bernie 100%!
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    Once again, the federal government has no damn business in education. Eliminate this program!
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    Need for use in MS, MD etc
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    The eventual findings on cost notwithstanding, all things IT related are the wave of the future...now. We should do what we can to keep our students in the running for global competitiveness.
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    Federal government has no business in education! This is a state issue.
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