- A House of Representatives science committee hearing yesterday questioned the Obama administration's proposal, from the president's 2014 budget request, to reorganize 226 STEM education programs at a dozen agencies.
- The proposal would reshuffle the government's current $3 billion STEM education investment by concentrating resources at the Department of Education for elementary and secondary school programs, the National Science Foundation for undergraduate and graduate programs, and the Smithsonian Institution for informal and public science activities.
- The plan would also cut the total number of programs in half, and the decidedly non-partisan hearing expressed concern for the fate of informal programs at agencies like NASA and the National Institutes of Health, which would see cuts to their STEM budgets.
From the article:
... "I believed that it was important to look at what the federal government has been doing [in STEM education] and how we can improve our efforts," said the top Democrat on the panel, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, in her opening statement. "But I have serious concerns with the budget proposal itself. To be blunt, it seems to me it was not very well thought out. … NASA seems to have taken the biggest hit, and this doesn't make any sense to me." ...