Education for the 21st Century

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As a member of the House Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Caucus, Rep. Eshoo believes the U.S. should produce the world’s best scientists and engineers. Every student should be exposed to the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math, and all students must have appropriate educational opportunities to prepare them for the highly-technical, high-paying jobs of the future. STEM education is critical to our nation’s long-term prosperity and economic competitiveness.

At the end of 2010, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that U.S. students, compared with contemporaries in more than 60 industrial countries, ranked 17th in science and 25th in mathematics. College degrees in physical science, computer science, mathematics, and engineering have also had less than average growth. The newest PISA statistics are scheduled for release in December, 2013.

America COMPETES Act Reauthorization

In 2007, Rep. Eshoo led her colleagues in passing the America COMPETES Act, legislation that created a blueprint to secure our nation’s economic future and competitive edge in the 21st century. The COMPETES Act called for preparing thousands of new teachers in math and science, established the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E), and created the Technology Innovation Program to fund high-risk, high-reward, pre-competitive technology development.

On May 28, 2010, the House passed H.R. 5116, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act. This bill continues and expands the work of the initial COMPETES legislation, but it only extends COMPETES programs through 2013, meaning they will have to be reauthorized again.

Rep. Eshoo supports the ongoing dedication of funds to fulfill the ambitious goals laid out in the COMPETES Act, and she continues to fight in Congress for adequate funding of COMPETES programs. She believes any legislation to reauthorize COMPETES should create the next generation of entrepreneurs by continuously improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels.

Read more about the COMPETES legislation here.

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