From: The Honorable Paul Tonko
Sent By: Emily.Duhovny@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 2426
Date: 7/30/2014

Cosponsor H.R. 2426, the Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers Act (ETEA)

Current CosponsorsTonkoKennedyJonesHondaBlumenauer,McKinleyEstyCohenLanceKeatingLeePolisDavis (IL)Speier,Swalwell

Supported by: American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ASHRAE, Chabot Space & Science Center, City Technology, College of New York, EAST Initiative, Engineers Without Borders-USA, Girls, Inc., Hofstra University Center for STEM Education Research, HR Policy Association, International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), National Girls Collaborative Project, National Education Association (NEA), NY Hall of Science, New York Institute of Technology, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Triangle Coalition, Tufts CEEO, Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, USA Science & Engineering Festival, Vernier Software & Technology

Museum of Science, Boston: National Center for Technological Literacy, Engineering is Elementary

Code.org members: Computing in the Core Members: Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Association for Computing Machinery, College Board, Computer Science Teachers Association, Computing Research Association, Google, IEEE Computer Society, Microsoft, National Center for Women and Information Technology, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Science Teachers Association, SAS 

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join us as a cosponsor of the Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers Act (ETEA), H.R. 2426.

ETEA aims to increase student achievement and interest in science and engineering disciplines and to align K-12 science curricula with the skills needed in the 21st century workforce. To this end, it removes barriers at the federal level that prevent schools from expanding math and science curricula to include engineering design skills and the full range of STEM disciplines.

This legislation does not create any new duplicative STEM programs. It simply gives states that wish to expand engineering education the tools they need to do so, and encourages all states to incorporate STEM skills into their curricula in the ways that best meet the needs of their local workforces in a 21st century economy.

Most students in the United States have never enrolled in an engineering course, and a vast majority of schools do not offer K-12 curricula that create clear pathways into careers in engineering and related STEM fields. A recent Brookings report called Still Searching: Job Vacancies and STEM Skills highlighted that despite the numerous job postings requiring STEM skills, these positions remain unfilled for longer periods of time than positions in other fields. Additionally, many of these STEM skills garner some of the highest salaries of major occupational groups.

Luckily, a growing number of states, schools, and teachers are recognizing the importance of engineering design and problem-solving skill sets and have begun to integrate these concepts into their classrooms. The Educating Tomorrow’s Engineer’s Act (ETEA) is intended to help encourage all states to follow this path so that K-12 engineering education can be adopted more broadly.

1) ETEA ensures that states have the ability to integrate engineering design skills and practices into their existing science standards – without requiring states to establish a separate set of standards specifically for engineering.

2) ETEA targets a portion of current Title II funds, under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), for states to award grants to support professional development and instructional materials for STEM education.

3) ETEA gives states critically needed flexibility to support engineering curricula by expanding a number of existing ESEA grant programs to include engineering education.

This legislation is an important step in ensuring that STEM skills allow our workforce to continue to lead the global economy, and that they become accessible to children in every school in every zip code across our country.If you would like to cosponsor or have any questions, please contact Emily Duhovny in Congressman Tonko’s office atemily.duhovny@mail.house.gov or Caroline Darmody in Congressman Kennedy’s office atcaroline.darmody@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Paul D. Tonko                               Joseph P. Kennedy

Member of Congress                    Member of Congress