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The Senate on Science

October 13, 2011

Last Thursday, Senators Franken (D-MN), Gillibrand, (D-NY), Begich (D-AK), Casey (D-PA) and Merkley (D-OR) presented bill S. 1675 in Congress “to improve student academic achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”


Many of these Senators have worked to push other STEM-related bill through the Senate before, from Franken’s STEM Master Teacher Corps to Begitch’s Effective STEM Teaching and Learning Act. Senator Gillibrand was even a major speaker on our Women and Girls in STEM conference call last month.

The difference from earlier bills, however, is a change in national mood. STEM education offers both short and long-term solutions and potential employment for many Americans. Now, as the nation focuses its attention on jobs (or the lack thereof), clear solutions to the problem become essential. Science and engineering firms continuously announce openings, yet few Americans are qualified for these positions–STEM education today helps solve that problem for tomorrow.Perhaps capturing the national mood will allow us to put even more boots on the ground ensuring STEM education is a reality for all.

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