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S.716 - Innovation Inspiration School Grant Program Act
A bill to establish within the Department of Education the Innovation Inspiration school grant program, and for other purposes.
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Mrs. SHAHEEN (for herself, Mr. BEGICH, Mr. KERRY, Mr. FRANKEN, Ms. KLOBUCHAR, Mr. COONS, and Mr. REID) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(1) According to the National Science Board’s 2010 Science and Engineering Indicators, only 5 percent of American college graduates major in engineering. In Asia, about 20 percent of all baccalaureate degrees are in engineering and in China about 33 percent of baccalaureate degrees are in engineering.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) Although 4th graders in the United States score well against international competition, students in the United States fall near the bottom or dead last by 12th grade in mathematics and science, respectively.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) Admissions requirements for undergraduate engineering schools include a solid background in mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus) and science (biology, chemistry, and physics), in addition to courses in English, social studies, and humanities.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall engineering employment is expected to grow by 11 percent from 2008 through 2018, and, as a group, engineers earn some of the highest average starting salaries among individuals holding baccalaureate degrees.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) According to the Department of Labor, engineers should be creative, inquisitive, analytical, and detail-oriented. Engineers should be able to work as part of a team and to communicate well, both orally and in writing. Communication abilities are becoming increasingly important as engineers interact more frequently with specialists in a wide range of fields outside engineering.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) Exposure to project- and problem-based learning, in a competitive team environment, gives 9th through 12th graders the skills that they need to be successful in engineering programs of study and engineering careers.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) According to Brandeis University’s Center for Youth and Communities, participants in FIRST Robotics (a nonprofit organization that inspires young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging the young people in mentor-based programs)--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
(1) LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY- The term ‘local educational agency’ has the meaning given the term in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (
(2) LOW-INCOME STUDENT- The term ‘low-income student’ means a student who is eligible for free or reduced price lunch under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (
(6) NON-TRADITIONAL STEM TEACHING METHOD- The term ‘non-traditional STEM teaching method’ means a STEM education method or strategy such as incorporating self-directed student learning, inquiry-based learning, cooperative learning in small groups, collaboration with mentors in the field of study, and participation in STEM-related competitions.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. INNOVATIVE INSPIRATION SCHOOL GRANT PROGRAM.
(3) to foster innovation and broaden interest in, and access to, careers in the STEM fields by investing in programs supported by educators and professional mentors who receive hands-on training and ongoing communications that strengthen the interactions of the educators and mentors with--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- Each local educational agency desiring a grant under this Act shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may reasonably require.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) PREFERENCE- In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to applications from local educational agencies that propose to carry out activities that target--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(E) ADDITIONAL MATERIALS AND SUPPORT- Additional materials and support, such as equipment, facility use, technology, broadband access, and other expenses, directly associated with non-traditional STEM teaching and mentoring.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS- Each eligible entity that receives a grant under this Act may use not more than 2 percent of the grant funds for costs related to the administration of the grant project.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), each local educational agency that receives a grant under this Act shall secure, toward the cost of the activities assisted under the grant, from non-Federal sources, an amount equal to 50 percent of the grant. The non-Federal contribution may be provided in cash or in kind.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) WAIVER- The Secretary may waive all or part of the matching requirement described in paragraph (1) for a local educational agency if the Secretary determines that applying the matching requirement would result in a serious financial hardship or a financial inability to carry out the goals of the grant project.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(f) Supplement, Not Supplant- Grant funds provided to a local educational agency under this Act shall be used to supplement, and not supplant, funds that would otherwise be used for activities authorized under this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(g) Evaluation- The Secretary shall establish an evaluation program to determine the efficacy of the grant program established by this Act, which shall include comparing students participating in a grant project funded under this Act to similar students who do not so participate, in order to assess the impact of student participation on--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) LIMITATIONS- Of the amounts appropriated under paragraph (1) for a fiscal year, not more than 2 percent shall be used for the evaluation described under subsection (g).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink