Triangle eCommerce and Science Coalition

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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.