Congressman Kildee Introduces the Promoting Women in STEM Act
On June 30, Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) introduced H.R.3137, the
Promoting Women in STEM Act
, which would amend Perkins to "require existing state programs funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (Perkins) Act to include programs that increase participation of women in STEM fields" by adding support for these programs to the list of required uses of state leadership funds. While the bill was introduced after House passage of Perkins, there is an effort underway to garner both co-sponsors in the House and companion legislation in the Senate in the hopes of moving it forward later in the year.
Senate Nominations to the FCC and the Impact to Education
While the U.S. House of Representatives is out of session until after Labor Day, the Senate remains in session during the first weeks in August to wrap up a few legislative priorities and confirm several of the Administration's nominees to include nominations for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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Congressional Panel Asks: What K-12 Skills Are Needed for STEM Workforce?
Schools need to do more to equip K-12 students with computational thinking skills to prepare them to fill the growing number of middle- and high-skilled jobs that require computing or programming skills, witnesses told members of a congressional committee this week. The STEM workforce is rapidly changing, said James Brown, the executive director of the
STEM Education Coalition
, a STEM education advocacy group. Mechanics and technicians-occupations that aren't always popularly associated with a need for computing skills-now require some programming ability, he said. And the jobs pay well.
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