STEM Education Policy
Since the close of our Strengthening America’s Future Initiative (SAFI), we have continued our work in education reform. One issue that revealed itself as paramount in the SAFI Education and Competitiveness Issue Team was STEM Education, so we decided to focus this follow-on work in that area. We reconstituted the team, with Roy Romer, head of the Broad-Gates Strong American Schools Initiative; Norm Augustine, chair of the National Academies Study, Rising Above the Gathering Storm; and former U.S. Senator and Secretary of Labor Bill Brock serving as co-chairs.
One session was held on the Hill and featured remarks by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rep. James Langevin (D-RI) as well as a bipartisan group of more than a dozen Hill staff. Discussion focused around ESEA reauthorization as well as STEM-specific legislation that various members were introducing. At a more recent meeting, Stephen Pruitt from Achieve led a discussion with our group on the state-level efforts that he is coordinating on common core standards.
The most recent product of this initiative is "A Letter on STEM Education to America's Parents." To read the letter, click here.