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Wild Cards Remain After Proposed Reshuffle of STEM Education

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Science  19 Apr 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6130, pp. 258-259
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6130.258

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Most people agree that the U.S. government could do a better job of managing the $3 billion being spent by a dozen federal agencies on science education, public understanding of science, and the training of future scientists and engineers. But few are lining up behind a White House plan to accomplish that goal. In a move that surprised science educators, legislators, and even many federal education officials, President Barack Obama included a radical realignment of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs in the 2014 budget request that he submitted last week to Congress. He proposed eliminating dozens of programs at agencies in which STEM education is an add-on to their primary missions, while designating three agencies to shoulder the load in four priority areas.