American Geological Institute

Government Affairs Program UPDATE


Special Update: Joint Statement on Science Education Program Sent to Congress, President

(6-5-97)


This update was originally sent out as an e-mail message to AGI's member societies

Last July, AGI joined an effort led by the National Science Teachers Association to oppose plans in the House to eliminate the Eisenhower Professional Development Program for science and math teachers. In response to these efforts, the Senate eventually restored funding for this popular program. A new budget season is upon us, and a number of scientific and educational societies are joining together to issue a statement in support of the Eisenhower program in an effort to prevent similar cuts. The effort is being led by the American Chemical Society, Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, the Triangle Coalition, and the National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions.

In early May, AGI sent a memo to its member societies, encouraging them to join in signing on to the statement, which was sent to members of Congress and the President today. A total of 47 science, mathematics, and engineering organizations nationwide were listed as supporters of the statement, including AGI and twelve member societies. The statement along with a list of signatory societies follows.

Additional information on last year's efforts on behalf of the Eisenhower program can be found on the AGI web site. Please contact the AGI Government Affairs Program govt@agiweb.org if you have any questions or would like additional information.

AGI is seeking to strengthen its involvement in science education policy matters. This summer, the Government Affairs Program has teamed with the Education & Human Resources Department to support an intern focusing on geoscience education issues. Her work will be accessible on the AGI home page. Please let us know if there are specific issues that your society feels should be addressed.

For background information on the Eisenhower program and a summary of AGI's action on the issue, visit GAP's legislative summary on the program.


INTERSOCIETY STATEMENT ON THE EISENHOWER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

June 1997

The science, mathematics, and engineering community urges you, as you work on the FY 1998 budget, to reaffirm the nation's commitment to top-quality science and mathematics education by maintaining the mathematics and science focus within the U.S. Department of Education's Eisenhower Professional Development Program. The Eisenhower Program is a crucial source of support for the teachers working on the front lines to meet the challenges we face in science and mathematics education:

Clearly, professional development efforts in mathematics and science must be stepped up nationwide. The Eisenhower Program has been a key factor in improvements made in mathematics and science education over the last decade, often serving as the primary source of professional development funds in science and mathematics.

We cannot settle for average. Mathematical and scientific knowledge—and the ability to use it—is essential for competing in a global economy. This education is young people's ticket to the future. We as a nation must do all we can to further the gains the American education system has begun to make. Maintaining professional development support for science and mathematics teachers is a central component for achieving this goal.

We urge you to make science and mathematics teacher professional development a strong and continuing priority and to preserve the mathematics and science focus of the Eisenhower Professional Development Program.

LIST OF SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS:

Aerospace States Association
American Association of Engineering Societies
American Association of Physicists in Medicine
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Astronomical Society
American Chemical Society
American Geological Institute
American Institute of Physics
American Institute of Professional Geologists
American Physical Society
American Physiological Society
American Society of Chemical Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Statistical Association
American Vacuum Society
Association for Women Geoscientists
Association of Engineering Geologists
Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Biophysical Society
Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences
Council of Scientific Society Presidents
Council of State Science Supervisors
Geological Society of America
Georgia Science Olympiad Program
Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers, Inc.
Geoscience Information Society
Hawaii Science Teachers Association
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Joint Policy Board for Mathematics
Michigan Science Teachers Association
National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions
National Association of Biology Teachers
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
National Association of State Boards of Geology
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
National Earth Science Teachers Association
National Science Teachers Association
National Society of Professional Engineers
Ohio Mathematics and Science Coalition
Paleontological Society
Protein Society
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
Soil Science Society of America
Triangle Coalition


Contributed by David Applegate, AGI Government Affairs

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Last updated June 5, 1997

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