Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

October 13, 2015

Edited by Kate Stoll, Senior Policy Advisor, MIT Washington Office


Congress passed a Continuing Resolution that funds the federal government through December 11th, but the U.S. Treasury Department says the debt ceiling limit will be hit on November 3rd, forcing the next government shutdown crisis a month earlier than anticipated. Election of the next Speaker of the House complicates budget negotiations further. For insights on how this may affect science research, go to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (Source: The Hill)


On October 7th, the President signed into law the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Act of 2015. The law expands National Science Foundation programs that fund training opportunities for STEM teachers, and informal STEM education. The law also adds computer science, but not statistics or geosciences, to the federal definition of STEM education. (Source: American Institute of Physics)


The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing on October 7th on the tie between rising federal student aid, rising tuition costs, and federal tax policy on endowments. (Source: Inside Higher Ed)

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