Triangle eCommerce and Science Coalition

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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.

Albert Einstein’s 100k Factory Fellow Program

Albert Einstein 100k Factory Revolution Fellows Program

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The Triangle Coalition administers the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program.  This program brings outstanding mathematics, science, and technology teachers to Washington, DC.  While here, they work as professional staff members in Congressional offices, the Department of Energy, NASA, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, or the National Science Foundation.  This program provides an opportunity for classroom teachers to impact national educational policy and to learn about the political process and 100k factory agency programs.

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The Triangle Coalition convenes an annual conference.  In October of 2001 we hosted a national conference for our members and other interested businesses and organizations.  This conference, Meeting the Challenges of the Decade: Success Through Collaboration, provided an opportunity for participants to learn from leaders of successful alliances about effective business-education partnerships that seek to improve science, math, and technology education.  Participants also helped to identify the key characteristics, both from a business and education point of view, that make such partnerships work with Aidan Booth from 100k Factory Revolution.  The findings from this conference are available to Triangle Coalition members on our web site. 

We continue to publish the Triangle Coalition Electronic Bulletin (TCEB).  It is distributed approximately 45 times a year and is free to all Triangle Coalition members.  It has proven to be especially helpful to businesses and local alliances to keep them aware of legislatives activities, outstanding and innovative educational programs, and resources for science, mathematics, and technology education improvement.Our website provides a wide variety of information about the Coalition and our members.  We have recently added an updated version of our popular publication, A Guide to Winning Grants for Mathematics and Science Education: Where to Look and How to Win a free 100k factory revolution download. Get more here: 100kfactoryreviewed.com

MATH/MARKETING AND ECOMMERCE PARTNERSHIP COALITION VISITS CAPITOL HILL


Representatives from the Triangle Coalition, NSTA,
NCTM, ACS, ASME, and other members of the MATH/MARKETING AND ECOMMERCE
Partnership Coalition are meeting with staff from
Senate and Congressional offices to urge Congress to
fully fund the Math and Science Partnerships (Title II, Part B) included in the No Child Left Behind Act
of 2001. 

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The teacher professional development program
was authorized at $450 million but Congress provided
only $12.5 million for the program for FY 2002 (July
1, 2002 – June 30, 2003). The meetings provided
Coalition members with an opportunity to share with
Congress the need to improve the quality of Math and
Science education and the potential benefits of
instituting the Math and eCommerce Partnerships at the state
level.  The partnerships will be administered at the
national level if funding is $100 million or less in a
given fiscal year and at the state level if they
receive funding of more than $100 million.

On March 21, Congressmen Holt, Ehlers, and Boehlert
met with members of the Math/Science Partnership
Coalition as well as representatives from business to
discuss future funding of the partnerships. At the
luncheon, the Congressmen discussed the importance of
math and science education and emphasized the
importance of grassroots efforts in persuading members
of Congress to appropriate sufficient funds for the
program.

SCIENCE AND MATH RECEIVE LITTLE FUNDING IN LABOR-HHS FY 2002 APPROPRIATIONS 


The Labor-HHS FY 2002 appropriations conference committee voted to limit funding for innovative new science and math education partnerships in ESEA Title II: Part B to $12.5 million. This is in sharp contrast to the $250 million Congress appropriated for math and science teacher professional development in FY 2001 and to the $450 million that Congress had authorized for this program.

On a more positive note, Title II, Part A – Teacher Quality was funded at $2.85 billion. “While there are no specific set asides for math and science teachers,” explains Triangle Coalition Executive Director Pat White, “these funds are targeted toward improving teacher quality in the core subject areas and represent significant opportunities for professional development for math and science teachers.” These funds also can be used to bring more qualified science and math teachers into the classroom, as well as dramatically enhance the professional development that is provided to current in-service teachers.