A few weeks ago, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her team released a list of priorities that will govern the agency’s competitive grant programs. The notice published in the Federal Register outlines 11 priorities. Once the Department of Education (ED) receives comments from the community (which can be submitted up until November 13), the agency will issue final priorities. Then, according to the agency, the Secretary “may choose to use one or more” of the priorities in new competitive grant award cycles. ED says, “These priorities align with the vision set forth by the Secretary in support of high-quality educational opportunities for students of all ages.”
Congress will return from its Memorial Day recess the week of June 6, leaving five weeks until they leave for their respective conventions and the August recess. As the Congressional calendar shrinks, members of Congress are trying to see what can get done. The fights around annual spending are in full swing, and two bills important to the STEM education community—the Commerce, Justice and Science spending bill and the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education bill—aren’t likely to make it very far before members of the House and Senate leave town.