Long-time science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) education champion Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) and Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) have reintroduced legislation calling for voluntary nationwide standards in science education, and creating incentives for states to adopt these standards. The Standards to Provide Educational Advancement of Kids Act was introduced during the last session of Congress but was not considered on the fl oor of either house of Congress. Sponsors say they are hopeful this year that the legislation will be seen as a boon to economic recovery. The House passed legislation to create two coordinating committees within the interagency National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) of the White House Offi ce of Science and Technology Policy. The STEM Education Coordination Act would create an NSTC committee to coordinate federal STEM education programs, and the International Science and Technology Cooperation Act would re-establish the Committee on International Science, Engineering and Technology.

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