Funding authorized for U.S. science and technology education



The “America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act,” a bill that authorizes $33.6 billion for science, technology, engineering, and math education, was signed into law by U.S President George W. Bush on 9 August. The bill, sponsored by the U.S. House Science and Technology Committee, will distribute these funds to programs supported by the federal government over the next three fiscal years. Aimed at strengthening teacher preparedness in primary and secondary schools, equipping high school students for technologically oriented jobs, and enhancing higher-level academic research programs, the bill sets the budgets at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy on a path toward doubling within the next decade. For more information, see