White House Wants To Totally Eliminate NASA's STEM Education Budget - Again

NASA Agency Budget Fact sheet

"STEM Engagement - $0.0 - The Budget provides no funding for the Office of STEM Engagement, redirecting those funds to NASA's core mission of exploration. The Budget continues support for activities funded in other accounts, including the Science Activation program within Science, which delivers science content and expertise through cooperative agreements with more than 25 organizations."

- NASA Budget Briefing

"Proposes termination of funding for NASA's Office of STEM Engagement, including its portfolio of grants and cooperative agreements and redirects funds to NASA's core mission of exploration.
- NASA headquarters will continue to be accountable for strategic direction and coordination of the agency's STEM engagement efforts.
- Continues internships, fellowships, and student STEM engagement activities and learning opportunities funded by NASA mission directorates.
- SMD's Science Activation program will continue to focus on delivering SMD content to learners of all ages through cooperative agreement awards."

Keith's note: This is not going to happen. The Obama White House tried this - once - and that did not work out well for them. The current White House tried this twice in 2017 and Congress aid no each time and restored the budget. They will do it again this time. But this time, education is an issue that the Democratic House will fall on their swords for. Who knows - maybe they will increase it beyond last year's level.

It does ring rather hollow to hear NASA leadership talk about all of the inspiration stuff when they look the other way while an effort is made to gut the heart of how NASA inspires: education.


- NASA FY 2020 Budget Fact sheet
- Ivanka Trump Supports NASA Education While Her Father Seeks To Gut It, earlier post (2017)
- Cutting NASA Education In Order To Save It, earlier post (2017)
- Senators Reject Trump Push To Cut NASA Education, earlier post (2017)
- Trump's NASA Budget Guts Earth Science and Totally Eliminates Education earlier post (2017)
- Earlier Education posts

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