August 9, 2011
Shortly before the House adjourned for August recess, Reps. Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) and Rush Holt (D-NJ-12) introduced a resolution (H.R. 378) advocating the inclusion of science education in the accountability system set forth in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Congress has yet to reauthorize the law despite President Obama's call for the bill to be finished before the beginning of the school year. The STEM Education Coalition, of which NSPE is a member, was instrumental in crafting the resolution. The STEM Education Coalition supports STEM programs for teachers and students at the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM-related programs.
August 5, 2011
The NSPE Board of Directors approved revisions to the Nuclear Electric Power position statement. The statement now reflects NSPE's position that professional engineers should be required to have direct supervision over all engineering design, operations, and maintenance decisions at nuclear power plants. Read more about NSPE's positions on important issues here.
July 26, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations attended a National Association of Business PACs discussion with Federal Election Commission Chair Cynthia Bauerly. NSPE is a member of NABPAC, an association that provides information on legal trends and best practices in political action committees. PACs are the most strictly regulated method of contributing to candidates for elected office. For more information on NSPE's political action committee, please visit the NSPE-PAC Web site.
July 19, 2011
For the first time, the National Research Council's Framework for K–12 Science Education recommends including engineering in science standards. The report identifies key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school and will serve as the foundation for the first new K–12 science education standards in 10 years, influencing curricula, teacher training programs, informal education, and assessments.
July 15, 2011
The NSPE Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committee met at the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas to discuss the committee's goals for the coming year and determine NSPE's primary public policy agenda for 2011–12. Based on committee discussions and a recent survey of NSPE members, NSPE will focus on the following federal issues:
May 26, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden represented NSPE at events in conjunction with High-Performance Building Week, sponsored by the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition. NSPE is a member of the HPBCCC, a coalition of more than 100 associations and corporations that seeks to heighten awareness and inform policymakers about high-performance building issues, including new building technologies, enhanced U.S. economic competitiveness, and increased energy efficiency. The coalition provides guidance and support to the congressional High-Performance Buildings Caucus.
May 19, 2011
National Engineers Week and the Future City Competition met with a delegation of urban planning leaders from the Middle East to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and how to engage students in engineering. The delegation was visiting the U.S. as part of a Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program entitled "Urban Planning and Green Development."
May 18, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended a congressional briefing entitled "Engineering Concepts in the K–12 Classroom." The briefing included a discussion of how engineering is currently taught at the K–12 level and how engineering concepts could be used to enhance science, mathematics, and technology teaching.
May 17, 2011
NSPE cosponsored the 2011 Engineering Public Policy Symposium, which was held in conjunction with the National Academy of Engineering Convocation and the American Association of Engineering Societies Awards. Entitled "Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education and the 21st Century Workforce," the symposium featured remarks by White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Department of Education Special Assistant for STEM Education Michael Lach, and National Science Foundation Assistant Director for Engineering Thomas Peterson.
May 12, 2011
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY-21) introduced the Engineering Education (E2) for Innovation Act (S. 969), which would provide grants to integrate engineering curricula and content into classrooms across the country. The bill's goals of increasing student achievement and interest in engineering, broadening the diversity of students participating in engineering, and developing a workforce prepared to teach engineering are critical to cultivating the next generation of engineers. The bill was first introduced in 2010 but failed to pass before the 111th Congress adjourned. NSPE sent a letter in February encouraging Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Tonko to reintroduce the bill.