January 19, 2010
On January 19, the House Committee on Science and Technology announced its agenda for the second session of the 111th Congress. The agenda includes a strong push to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act before Memorial Day. Passed in 2007, COMPETES provides significant investment in STEM education from kindergarten to graduate school and postdoctoral education. The Act’s education activities include recruiting new K-12 STEM teachers, improving STEM teacher skills, and providing more STEM education opportunities for students, such as the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program.
The MAA will work with Congress in the reauthorization to strengthen programs at the NSF that recruit and retain talented students into the STEM pipeline and undergraduate mathematics, especially students from underrepresented populations. Proposed recommendations to improve programs include gathering and disseminating information about effective efforts that retain students in undergraduate mathematics, funding new programs that use quality mentoring and research as a means of attracting students, and expanding support for programs that have proven to result in student success.
Learn more about MAA Advocacy and Public Policy efforts here.
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