Although the work is not yet complete, advocates for a national fund for science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and computer science education have reason to be optimistic.
Washington is well into its much-anticipated discussion on immigration reform, with a proposal for a broad bill under consideration in the Senate and legislation overhauling high-skill immigration recently introduced in the House of Representatives.
Both pieces of legislation include a national fund intended to help the U.S. train more of its students in STEM fields and produce more college graduates able to meet the expected growth in high-skill jobs. The fund would be created through additional fees paid by companies seeking high-skill H-1B visas and green cards to hire foreign workers.
Two historic pieces of federal legislation, the original G.I. Bill and
the Civil Rights Act of 1964, transformed America by helping hundreds of
thousands of Americans to earn postsecondary degrees, and dramatically
expand the middle class. Now again, we are faced with demographic shifts
will transform our country and our education system. Growth in the
Hispanic/Latino population leads the way. While immigration reform and
state DREAM Acts are important ways to make sure this new majority of
Americans is fully integrated democratically and economically, in
Colorado, we are focused on raising college attainment, not simply
By 2025, the Colorado Commission on Higher
Education, wants 66 percent of Coloradans aged 24-34 to hold
high-quality postsecondary credentials. Our future workforce — and our
commitment to equity — requires no less.
Imagine this: You are a 15 year-old standing in front of a school
vending machine, getting ready to satisfy the snack craving you've had
since first period. But lo and behold, instead of cookies and chips,
every one of the slots behind the glass contains the same healthy stuff
your mom and dad fill the cabinets with at home.
could soon be a nationwide reality, thanks to updated nutrition
standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which sets
guidelines for the types of foods that are sold in our public schools.
The standards are important because students consume about 400 billion
calories from junk foods they buy at school every year. This is
especially troubling because 33 percent of U.S. children and adolescents
are on the way to becoming overweight or obese, and 25 percent of
children ages five to 10 exhibit early warning signs for heart disease.
a retired U.S. Coast Guard admiral and member of Mission: Readiness, a
nonpartisan national security organization, I'm especially concerned
about the impact of obesity because it’s the leading medical
disqualifier for military service; one in four young Americans is now
too overweight to join the military. The military recognizes this as a
national security issue as our armed forces depend on individuals who
are physically fit to serve.
Every child deserves an excellent education. Unfortunately, there are many children in this country that, because of their neighborhood or socio-economic status, do not have access to a school that will prepare them to succeed in college and a career. On a national scale, only one in 10 students from low-income families will graduate from college. Internationally, the United States fails to compete with the world’s best. According to a recent study by Pearson Education, the United States does not even crack the top 15 in educational performance amongst countries in the developed world.
May 03, 2013, 04:45 pm
By Jonathan Hill, associate dean, Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems
As the ‘Gang of Eight’ Immigration Reform Bill was introduced on the floor of the Senate this week, much speculation has centered on what might be added and what taken away before the bill could come forward for a vote. The aspects of this bipartisan effort to make immigration policy fairer to the individual and more flexible for American businesses that rely on highly skilled foreign-born workers are, as always, controversial.
As the bill moves from the Senate to the House and is inevitably picked apart and amended, it is vital that law makers not lose sight of the unique opportunity to enact legislation that provides flexibility in meeting the needs of American industry, strengthens our ability to produce home-grown world-class scientists and provides us with a fairer, more humane immigration policy in keeping with American values.