NAPE Public Policy Update
Congress
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). Read More >>

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. Read More >>
Administration
Justice Dept. to Take on Affirmative Action in College Admissions
The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department's civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times. The document, an internal announcement to the civil rights division, seeks current lawyers interested in working for a new project on "investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions." The announcement suggests that the project will be run out of the division's front office, where the Trump administration's political appointee's work, rather than its Educational Opportunities Section, which is run by career civil servants and normally handles work involving schools and universities. Read More >>

ESSA Implementation: Process Changes and Approval of First State Plan
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the approval of the first state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The approval follows news that ED has changed its process for reviewing and providing feedback to states on their ESSA plans. Read More >>
Other Organizations
Civil Rights and Education Groups to State Education Chiefs: Submit ESSA Plans That Provide All Children Equitable and High-Quality Education
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the U.S., along with 22 civil rights and education groups, sent a letter to 34 state education chiefs, urging them to submit education plans to the U.S. Department of Education that advance educational equity and serve the interests of all children, especially those facing the greatest barriers to success. Read More >>

LGBT Organizations Demand Transgender Student Protection
With many schools back in session in a month's time, public concern continues to mount over the issue of protection of transgender students in the classroom. On Tuesday, several LGBT rights organizations sent a joint letter to all 50 State Departments of Education urging them to protect transgender students' rights to a discrimination-free learning environment. Read More >>