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Congress Approves $101 Million for FY03 Math and Science Partnerships
NSTA Institute Online Registration Deadline Approaching
Survey Said…
NSTA Convention Features Jam-Packed Agenda: Choosing Is Your Challenge
Last Call for Young Inventors!
Now It’s as Easy as 1-2-3 to Share Your Classroom Success Stories

Congress Approves $101 Million for FY03 Math and Science Partnerships

Last week the Senate and House approved the appropriations bill for FY03 programs which included funding of $101 million for the Math and Science Partnerships (Title II Part B) at the U. S. Department of Education. The funding was included as part of a giant omnibus spending package, which rolled together funding for most federal programs.

The $101 million figure passed by the House and Senate is very important, because the authorizing law for these programs (Title II Part B of No Child Left Behind) requires the funds to be disbursed to the states when funding reaches $100 million. Currently, since the program only received $12.5 million in funding for FY02, the grants were administered by the U. S. Department of Education. Initially these partnerships were to receive $100 million, and were subject to a .65 percent across-the-board cut that Congress put in place for all programs. Since the $100 million trigger may not have been implemented because of the across-the-board cuts, the funding for the partnerships was raised to $101 million.  This means that now these partnership funds will go as formula grants directly to each State, and the State Education Agency will be responsible for administering local grants to partnerships throughout the state. (For an estimate of how much each state will receive, visit the NSTA website at www.nsta.org, click on Math and Science Partnerships on the front page.)

This huge increase to math and science education funding is largely thanks to Congressman Ralph Regula (R-OH), chair of the Education Appropriations Subcommittee. He has been a true champion for science and math education, both nationwide and in Ohio, and he deserves our recognition and our thanks. Ohio teachers are urged to take a moment to call or email Mr. Regula and thank him for his generous support of science and math education in the FY03 Appropriations bill. His contact information is:

Phone: 202-225-3876 (leave a message of support/thanks or speak to Laurie and relay the message to her)
Phone, Canton office: 330-489-4414
Email: www.house.gov/regula

Snail Mail:
The Honorable Ralph Regula
U.S. House of Representatives
2306 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

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NSTA Institute Online Registration Deadline Approaching

The JASON Academy, in cooperation with the NSTA Institute, delivers online professional development courses for teachers of science, grades 4–9. The next course session begins February 24 and includes Introduction to Online Learning, Assessment of Student Science Literacy, Aquatic Ecology, Earth in the Solar System, Earth’s History, Electricity and Magnetism, Forces and Motion, Ocean Science, Structure of the Earth, Teaching Project-Based Science, Transfer of Energy, and Water Quality. 

Participants in the five-week courses earn five continuing education units (CEUs) and up to two graduate credits. Registration costs $175 for each course, with an additional charge for CEUs and graduate credit. NSTA members receive a 10% discount on course registration, and group rates are available for five or more teachers from the same district. For more information and to register online, visit www.jason.org/academy, or call toll free (888) 527-6600. For information regarding other NSTA online and onsite programs, visit http://ecommerce.nsta.org/institute. 

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Survey Said…

The results are in from last week’s first NSTA Express poll on the topic of educator space travel! Find out if your colleagues believe educators should have a place on future shuttle missions, what they think is the greatest value of the endeavor, and whether they would like to join the educator astronaut corps. See details at www.nsta.org/pressroom&news_story_ID=47920

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NSTA Convention Features Jam-Packed Agenda: Choosing is Your Challenge

Nationally well-known speakers, short courses, hundreds of exhibitors, workshops, breakout sessions, special events, and tours are yours for the choosing when you join us at NSTA’s 51st National Convention in Philadelphia, March 27–30. Convention strands are planned around three key teacher interests: Empowering Leaders and Effecting Change, Preservice/New Inservice Teachers, and Rural/Urban Education. Whether you choose events within one strand or navigate among them to meet your own special interests and needs, your biggest challenge will be designing your personal schedule! Don’t wait… visit http://www.nsta.org/conventions to register and start your planning.

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Last Call for Young Inventors

The entry deadline for the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program is fast approaching! You still have a few weeks left to challenge your students to invent or redesign tools that solve everyday problems. Every student who enters the competition receives a Craftsman item; a personalized certificate; and a chance to win awards—$250, $500, $5,000, or $10,000 U.S. savings bonds! The deadline for entries is March 4, 2003. For full details and entry forms, please visit www.nsta.org/programs/craftsman.

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Submit Your Journal Article Ideas Online!

It is now easier than ever before to share your creative teaching ideas with your colleagues through the NSTA journals. Simply visit http://authors.nsta.org and follow the online instructions to register as a new author. This new system helps speed the review process and allows us to give you feedback in a timely manner.

Before submitting your manuscript online, please do the following:

  1. Save a copy of your manuscript as a Word document in PC format.
  2. Omit any names of or information about the author(s) in your document. This will help facilitate our blind review process.
  3. Embed any graphics into your document. If this is not possible, send your manuscript under separate cover to Manuscript Review Coordinator, NSTA, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000.

For additional suggestions for preparing your manuscript, visit www.nsta.org/153, or refer to your recent issue of your journal for a copy of our manuscript guidelines. Questions? Contact Ken Roberts at kroberts@nsta.org, or call him at (703) 312-9245.

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