July 25, 2005
McKeon/Ehlers Amendment to Higher Education Act Includes Grants for Science and Mathematics
Late in the evening on Thursday July 21 the House Education and Workforce Committee approved a science and math education amendment to the College Access & Opportunity Act (H.R. 609), the reauthorized Higher Education Act. The amendment would:
Representative Vernon Ehlers
(R-MI), a long time champion of science and math education, and Representative
Buck McKeon (R-CA), chair of the Education and the Workforce 21st Century Competitiveness
subcommittee, introduced the amendment.
"This amendment addresses a crisis. As the Committee recently heard from multiple witnesses, U.S. competitiveness depends on the quality of our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce," said Rep. Ehlers in a press release following the committee action. "Careers in these disciplines support the United States in maintaining its leadership in innovation and in ensuring that we can solve challenging problems such as designing new technologies, protecting our nation, and ensuring a strong economy."
The amendment authorizes
$41 million in funding for this program. The full House has yet to approve the
bill, but is expected to do so. The Senate has not yet taken up their Higher
Education Act bill. NSTA and NCTM sent a letter of support for this legislation
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