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Explaining Florida's STEM Education Plan


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STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. And STEM fields are the professional and academic disciplines that fall under the STEM acronym.

The 2007-2012 Roadmap to Florida’s Future has identified the need to strengthen PreK-12 math and science education, and in 2009, the state created a Florida STEM Council to focus on STEM education in partnership with workforce, commerce and education groups.

Federal Education Related STEM Legislation:

H.R.1903 : 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act
Sponsor: Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6]; Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 9/8/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.

H.RES.319 : Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that adding art and design into Federal programs that target the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields encourages innovation and economic growth in the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2]; Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 6/21/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.889: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Act of 2011 – introduced 3/2/2011
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30]; Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 3/9/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education.

For a full list of STEM legislation introduced in the 112th Congress click here.

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