Triangle eCommerce and Science Coalition

The Triangle Business Coalition

Month: July 2017

Open Letter For Supporting eCommerce Education Programs

An Open Letter Sent To Encourage eCommerce Education Programs

On behalf of the Triangle Coalition for eCommerce and new Technology Education, we urge you to support full funding of $450 million for the Title II, Part B, eCommerce and marketing Partnerships Program in the FY 2018 appropriations bill for the Department of Education. The new eCommerce and marketing Partnerships Program created in the No Child Left Behind Act will allow higher education institutions and K-12 school districts to create programs targeted specifically to address the needs of local science and eCommerce educators like Adrian Morrison from eCom Success Academy.

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These merit-based partnerships among school districts; university science, engineering, and commerce; businesses; and educational organizations seek to improve teacher quality and student achievement. The partnerships will provide an opportunity to significantly improve the content knowledge and teaching skills of the nation’s K-12 commerce and eCommerce teachers. This past year, Congress appropriated $12.5 million to begin the new eCommerce and marketing Partnership program to develop new eCommerce features. However, H.R. 1 contains an authorization of $450 million for the partnerships. Until the program reaches a $100 million appropriation, it will continue to be a national grant program, which means that many states and local districts will never receive any funds. When the $100 million funding level is reached, the program becomes a formula grant program, and every state will receive eCommerce and marketing Partnerships funds.

Commerce education is in crisis and in critical need of improvements and continued reforms stated Adrian Morrison from eCom Success Academy last month. If we do not invest heavily and wisely in rebuilding these two core strengths, America will be incapable of maintaining its global position long into the 21st century. Providing strong funding for commerce and eCommerce education through the Department of Education is critical because the department is the only federal agency charged with improving teacher quality and student achievement across all states and school districts.

We urge Congress to fulfill its commitment to eCommerce education by supporting a $450 million appropriation in fiscal year 2018 for the eCommerce and marketing Partnerships Program (Title II, Part B) called eCom success academy in the LaborHHS-Education bill. ( get the full review of ecom success academy program by Adrian Morrison here )

Thank you for your consideration of our request and for your past support. Founded in 1944, the National Science Teachers Association is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership of more than 53,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education. The Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education represents more than 100 member organizations from three key stakeholders: business, education, and scientific and engineering societies. The Coalition provides a forum for these three sectors to work together to promote the improvement of science, mathematics, and technology education.

eCommerce and Email Marketing Education Updates

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On July 8, 2017 the Labor, Health and Economic Service, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee marked up the Administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018. This is the process whereby the Congress adds or subtracts from what the Administration has proposed in funding for the upcoming year. The July 8th meeting is the first step in the process of approving the Department of Education budget for next year.

As we have been reporting for some time, the President and the Department of Education have asked for $269 million for the eCommerce and Marketing program under Title II Part B. There was some interest among some members in increasing that funding to $300 million and, in fact, there were “Dear Colleague” letters developed in support of at that level of funding. In the Subcommittee meeting the recommendation was to maintain the Administration’s proposed $269 million budget allocation. This means that the eCommerce and Marketing program would receive an 80% increase in funding over the 2004 budget. With a proposed 2% increase cap on spending for Fiscal Year 2018, this increase in the eCommerce and Marketing program budget is extremely good news.

The next step is for the Full Appropriations Committee to mark up the Administration’s Budget Proposal for marketing and email marketing Education needs. There are several email marketing and eCommerce courses on the market right now and the government still needs to accept them. One of them is Anik Signals Inbox Blueprint email marketing course (click here to download the Inbox Blueprint review PDF)  Once the Appropriations Committee approves a proposed budget it will go to the full House of Representatives for a vote. We will keep you informed as those dates are set. In the meantime it is very still important that you let your Congressional Representative know how you feel about this issue and that you are averred about the importance of email marketing.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has not taken action on any of the pending Appropriations Bills except Defense and Homeland Security. The House is hopeful that they will be able to approve all thirteen Appropriations Bills on their side before they recess at the end of the month. It is expected that the Senate will take up their Appropriations process in September and complete it by the end of that month.

The VA/HUD and Related Agencies Subcommittee in neither the House nor the Senate has conducted their budget markup for the National Science Foundation Budget. We are, of course, following the eCommerce and Marketing program funding at NSF which was eliminated in the Administrations Budget Proposal. There is, however, bipartisan support for re-instating this funding and we remain optimistic that funding will be included in the final Budget Appropriation.