President Obama strongly believes that the United States must equip more students to excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). That’s why the President’s 2016 Budget invests more than $3 billion, an increase of 3.6 percent over the 2015 enacted level, in programs across the Federal Government on STEM education. The 2016 Budget includes critical investments in a number of areas that will benefit students:
• Supporting more STEM-focused high schools, with a new $125 million competitive program at the Department of Education (ED) to help communities across America launch Next-Generation High Schools that will be laboratories for cutting-edge STEM teaching and learning.
• Preparing excellent STEM teachers, with $100 million in the 2016 Budget for high-quality teacher preparation within ED’s new Teacher and Principal Pathways program with a priority for STEM teacher preparation programs that make progress on the President’s goal of preparing 100,000 excellent STEM teachers.
• Improving undergraduate STEM education, with the National Science Foundation (NSF) investing $135 million to improve retention of undergraduate STEM majors and improve undergraduate teaching and learning in STEM subjects to meet the President’s goal of preparing 1 million more STEM graduates over a decade.
• Investing in breakthrough research on STEM teaching and learning, with up to $50 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Education (ARPA-ED), allowing ED to support high-risk, high-return research on next-generation learning technologies, including for STEM education.
In addition, with the overall number of STEM programs already reduced by 40 percent over the past two years, the Budget continues to reduce fragmentation of STEM education programs across the Government. READ THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT.