September Government Relations Update

American Jobs Act President Obama’s September 8 address to Congress laying out the details of his American Jobs Act proposal included information on $60 billion in funding for teachers and schools. Under the proposal, $30 billion would be allocated to prevent layoffs of up to 280,000 teachers. Under the legislation, another $30 billion would be invested in school infrastructure to help modernize at least 35,000 public schools and community colleges, to be used for projects ranging from energy efficiency upgrades, emergency repairs, and upgrades for science and technology facilities.  While the legislation is still early in the process, read the President’s full address here and learn more details about education proposals here.

Promoting STEM Education Change the Equation is a network of 110 CEOS committed to advancing STEM educa tion as an investment in our nation. Among other goals, the group is creating a scorecard to assess the condition of STEM education across all 50 states, and working to identify principles for effective business involvement in STEM education.  Check out the membership and learn more here.

Nominate a Champion of Change The White House’s Champion of Change initiative is focused on winning the future by out-educating , out-building and out-innovating our competitors in the 21st century. Nominate a Champion of Change online.

Stimulus Funding Deadlines The Department of Education is asking the nation’s governors to review funding awarded to them in FY2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). States and subgrantees have an additional fiscal year to obligate funding the year after the funds were made available. These funds, made available in FY2010, remain available for obligation through September 30, 2011, the end of FY2011. The Department is working with states so that ARRA funding is used effectively and appropriately, and has posted a table on the status of all awards with a September 30, 2011, obligation deadline.