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senate Bill S. 227

Should Congress Extend Funding For Department Of Education Research Programs?

Argument in favor

There needs to be continuous research into U.S. educational systems so those in power can see what's working and what's not. The U.S. can get back to being a world education leader.

BarackObama's Opinion
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03/31/2015
"STEM programs are the key to our future. Right now we are projected to have more STEM jobs requiring higher education than people to fill those positions."
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02/23/2015
In today's information-based economy, the only way to ensure that the U.S. continues thriving is through robust academic and intellectual initiatives. This is the best way to foster revolutionary innovations that can benefit the whole population.
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BananaNeil's Opinion
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06/06/2015
Advancing education in this country is by far the most important thing we can do for our future and for our children.
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Argument opposed

For all the noble programs this bill provides funding for, it doesn’t provide measurable goals that these programs are supposed to work towards.

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05/23/2015
Government funding does not equal success.
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Nick's Opinion
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06/07/2015
We need God and the Bible back in our schools. I am tired of spending my money on a broken education system. I wish I could give my school taxes to Christian Schools who teach kids how to live. "You teach a kid how to live and they will make a living". - Principle J.D King.
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Kate's Opinion
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03/13/2015
We've already thrown enough into the DOE inefficient methods. Perhaps something that works should get tax dollars, rather than throw money at a problem, and think money will solve the problem.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
  • The senate Passed December 17th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedJanuary 21st, 2015

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What is Senate Bill S. 227?

This bill would change and reauthorize funding for the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA) through 2021. Through this funding, money would also be applied to various research activities conducted through the Department of Education.


Among the programs and research activities funded by this legislation, some include:

  • The Institute of Education Sciences: an independent research organization that conducts and oversees education research.

  • The National Center for Special Education Research: tasked with conducting research into ways to expand knowledge of infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities.


Also funded would be two Department of Education grant programs — one of which offers funding to states for developing and expanding data systems that can track student information over multiple years in multiple schools (i.e. longitudinal data systems). The other program funds local organizations that offer technical assistance and evaluations for compliance issues stemming from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


A subtitle of this bill provides funding for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Authorization Act, allowing for the administration and oversight of national student achievement tests that cover mathematics and reading. These tests provide academic achievement information to educational leaders at the state and local level on elementary and secondary school students. The National Assessment Governing Board oversees the administration of the NAEP, and would also receive its funding from this legislation.

Impact

U.S. students, their families, teachers, school administrators, state and local educational leaders, entities receiving Department of Education research funding, and the Department of Education.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 227

$612.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost around $2 billion over the 2016-2020 period — or $400 million annually. For the 2016 fiscal year, $612 million in appropriations would be authorized, while $3.2 billion would be appropriated for the 2016-2020 period.

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Of Note:

The House of Representatives passes a nearly identical version of this bill during the 113th Congress, as did the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions — but the Senate as a whole never voted on it.


In-Depth:

The Institute of Education Sciences would be required to identify research topics that focus on ensuring all students have the ability to obtain a high quality education. Additionally, research into improving access to and the quality of early childhood education, strengthening elementary and secondary schools, and increasing access to and completion of postsecondary education would be required.


Privacy protections in education research would be strengthened to prevent breaches of personally identifiable information.


The Department of Education’s comprehensive centers (cohorts in charge of offering technical assistance to states) would be directed to prioritize serving the needs of school districts and schools with higher numbers of low-income students, and schools identified as needing improvement.


Duplication in the federal education research system would be reduced by authorizing the consolidation or elimination of federal research laboratories and centers that aren’t "effective", and increasing coordination between laboratories and centers. The number of Department of Education comprehensive centers would be reduced from 22 to 17.


Regular evaluations of research and education programs run by independent entities would be required to enhance accountability.


Federally funded education research would be required to be distributed to teachers, students, parents, and policymakers at the state and local level to ensure that it is relevant to state and local leaders.


Media:

Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Press Release

CBO Cost Estimate

Triangle Coalition for STEM Education

Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association

(Photo Credit: Flickr user Amy M. Youngs

AKA

Strengthening Education through Research Act

Official Title

A bill to strengthen the Federal education research system to make research and evaluations more timely and relevant to State and local needs in order to increase student achievement.

    "STEM programs are the key to our future. Right now we are projected to have more STEM jobs requiring higher education than people to fill those positions."
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    Government funding does not equal success.
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    In today's information-based economy, the only way to ensure that the U.S. continues thriving is through robust academic and intellectual initiatives. This is the best way to foster revolutionary innovations that can benefit the whole population.
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    Advancing education in this country is by far the most important thing we can do for our future and for our children.
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    We need God and the Bible back in our schools. I am tired of spending my money on a broken education system. I wish I could give my school taxes to Christian Schools who teach kids how to live. "You teach a kid how to live and they will make a living". - Principle J.D King.
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    Research is good. If the bill lacks measurable goal setting provision, amend it
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    This country is a joke when it comes to funding education and programs that work. It's time we invest in our future again.
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    The interest in science in this country has greatly deceased since the Apollo missions and space shuttle we need to get people educated and motivated of science and teach our children to make a difference
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    Since STEM, STEAM & JTED programs are often outside of standard educational budget purviews, we should fund these to the fullest because they represent the best way to regain America's competitiveness & international footing going forward.
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    Why would we not want to help refine teaching methods.
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    The obvious recent decline in the quality of public education in the United States is evidence that Federal involvement ("meddling") hurts, not helps. More taxpayer money wasted at the Federal level is not going to solve the problem.
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    Education should be run by states and ideally, independent school districts, not the federal government.
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    End the Department of Education.
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    The Federal Department of Education is a wasteful and Education should be held at the local and state level.
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    We have not been successful so far and it is time to cut our losses.
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    End the Department of Ed and return our education to the states and locals. The Dept of Ed is anti-American and just another bloated non-elected federal agency!
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    This will encourage more students into the sciences
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    We don't even need the DOE. No "one size fits all" in education. Besides, the more money schools receive for education, still can't figure that one out.
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    We've already thrown enough into the DOE inefficient methods. Perhaps something that works should get tax dollars, rather than throw money at a problem, and think money will solve the problem.
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    public education has become a liberal brainwashing of our children.
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