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Stop STEM education funding consolidation

Bethany Hubbard

First, the not-so-good news: President Obama’s proposed FY14 budget will consolidate federal K-12 STEM education funding from 50+ agencies into only three: the National Science Foundation, Department of Education, and Smithsonian. Under the proposed budget, K-12 programs at the National Institutes of Health – including the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) will be ELIMINATED.

Now, a glimmer of good news: at the recent NIH/SEPA Program Directors’ meeting, there was widespread agreement that this decision can still be reversed. But it will take congressional action (e.g. a budget amendment) to make it happen. You can help by signing this petition.

* Impactful programs like Science Club (see video) are funded by NIH grants!

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  • Liz Dwyer

    So programming like these videos would definitely be cut under the consolidation?

    • Bethany Hubbard

      The NIH grant that currently funds this program would not longer exist, as the SEPA (Science Education Partnership Award) office is slated to close as a result of consolidation. So, yes, programs like our Science Club would need to look for alternative sources of funding. And other similar programs, that are not as established, will likely lose the funding they'd already been granted and be forced to shut down. But, we're working hard to garner support and get the decision reversed before it's too late! And we can use all the help we can get!