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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Subcommittee to Examine Federal STEM Education Programs

On Wednesday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), will hold a hearing entitled “Raising the Bar: Reviewing STEM Education in America.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

By 2018 the United States will have more than 1.2 million job openings in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations. Yet there is growing concern employers will be unable to fill these high paying jobs because too few students graduate high school prepared to pursue STEM-related opportunities. The federal government has taken an active role in improving STEM education, but a 2012 report from the Government Accountability Office raised significant questions about the effectiveness of those efforts. The report found 83 percent of federal programs overlap in some way, while most programs have never been evaluated.

Wednesday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to examine federal STEM programs and discuss ways to help ensure students gain the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in STEM-related careers. To learn more about this hearing, visit

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Mr. George A. Scott
Director for Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Washington, D.C.

Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis
President and Director
Museum of Science, Boston
Boston, MA

Dr. Steve Schneider
Senior Program Director
San Francisco, CA

Mr. Bill Kurtz
Chief Executive Officer
Denver School of Science and Technology
Denver, CO