On May 10, the
STEM Education Coalition
Policy Forum hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill with experts from the Afterschool Alliance, Microsoft, the National Science Teachers Association, and more. With over 100 congressional staff and education policy leaders in the room, the panelists discussed the current climate of STEM education for K-12 students. While the focus on STEM has been increasing in recent years across the nation, many students still do not have access to sufficient STEM education or resources. Topics ranging from appropriations for the Every Student Succeeds Act, widening the STEM pipeline, integrating hands-on and engineering education, equity and access, computer science, and the important role afterschool programs play in childhood education. Throughout the discussion, a theme of strong bipartisan support for STEM education in the 115th Congress emerged- it remains to be seen if Members of Congress will provide policy directives and funding to advance good STEM education policy.