NSTA Legislative Update
February 28, 2011


NSTA Legislative Update: Deep Cuts to STEM Education in House Continuing Resolution for FY2011 Programs

Late last week the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 that would cut federal funding by $60 billion. The bill, H.R. 1, includes cuts to key STEM education programs at the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation.

The bill would eliminate funding ($180 million) for the Math and Science partnership program (PDF) at the U.S. Department of Education.

Funding for NSF Education and Human Resources directorate would be reduced $166 million or by 18 percent from the FY11 request. According to NSF (PDF), this would result in 270 fewer awards supporting 5,000 fewer researchers, students, teachers, and technical support staff.

According to the Committee for Education Funding, H.R. 1 would cut funding for education programs by $11 billion, or 16 percent. In addition to cutting funding for the MSPs, the bill eliminates almost 60 education programs. Such cuts “would come at a time when schools and colleges are facing both the termination of ARRA funds and deep cuts in state aid due to unprecedented and continuing state budget gaps that will result in substantial and reductions and layoffs at all levels of education.” Other cuts include

As reported in earlier NSTA Legislative Updates, the Congress is operating under a continuing resolution (CR) until March 4, which is funding most federal programs at FY2010 levels. H.R. 1 is the House’s latest continuing resolution that would continue to fund the federal government the last seven months until the end of FY2011 (Sept. 30, 2011). Both the Senate Democrats and the Administration have voiced strong opposition to these cuts. Without a budget compromise, it is expected that the federal government will shut down when the temporary measure currently funding government operations expires on March 4.

NSTA is joining with other education groups and is urging members to contact their Senator and ask him/her to reject the education cuts in H.R. 1:

To contact your senator with this message, go to thomas.loc.gov.

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