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Positive policy change, resource implementation and professional development in the interest of science.



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»  Science Accountability and ESSA Reauthorization

Science should be elevated as a priority in our nation's education policies and related budget priorities. Science should have equal priority with mathematics and English language arts in federal and state accountability requirements. HOSP is working with dozens of organizations to ensure that Science assessments are on par with English Language Arts and Mathematics, and assessed annually in grades 3 to 8 when Congress begins work to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

» CHIPS and Science Act of 2022

The bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 will strengthen American manufacturing, supply chains, and national security, and invest in research and development, science and technology, and the workforce of the future.  The CHIPS and Science Act will ensure that NSF and the Dept of Commerce have new funding available for STEM and science education. HOSP is working with Congressional leaders to ensure that funding for the CHIPS Act is available for STEM and science education at the National Science Foundation and Dept. of Commerce.

» Annual Appropriations for the Successful Implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act

HOSP is working with congress to influence federal spending at The Department of Education, particularly in regards to the successful implementation of the federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and its key STEM provisions:

  • Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (ESSA Title IV.A), which is the major STEM funding source for states and districts under ESSA.
  • Education Innovation and Research Program (ESSA Title IV. F), which has awarded more than half of its competitive grants in the past year to support STEM-related projects.
  • Supporting Effective Instruction Grants (ESSA Title II.A), which funds professional development for STEM educators.
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers (ESSA Title IV.B), which funds high-quality STEM programming in afterschool and summer learning programs.

» Education Sciences Reform Act Reauthorization

During the reauthorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA), the Hands-On Science Partnership had the opportunity to provide feedback to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP).

Check out the 2023 letter we wrote to Chairman Bernie Sanders and Ranking Member Bill Cassidy here


  James Brown

  Austin Hall




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