House Bill 4979
116th Congress(2019-2020)
Rural STEM Education Act
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Passed House on Sep 16, 2020
Overview
Text
Introduced
Nov 5, 2019
Latest Action
Sep 17, 2020
Origin Chamber
House
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
4979
Congress
116
Policy Area
Science, Technology, Communications
Science, Technology, Communications
Primary focus of measure is natural sciences, space exploration, research policy and funding, research and development, STEM education, scientific cooperation and communication; technology policies, telecommunication, information technology; digital media, journalism. Measures concerning scientific education may fall under Education policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Oklahoma
California
California
California
California
Connecticut
Florida
Illinois
Illinois
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota
California
New Jersey
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Passed
September 16, 2020
Type
Voice Vote
Voice Vote
A vote in which the presiding officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say "Yea" or "Nay," respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment. The names or numbers of senators voting on each side are not recorded.
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
Summary

Rural STEM Education Act

This bill directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research regarding STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including computer science) education in rural schools.

The NSF must award grants to institutions of higher education or nonprofit organizations for (1) research and development to advance innovative approaches to support and sustain high-quality STEM teaching in rural schools, (2) research and development of programming to identify the barriers rural students face in accessing high-quality STEM education, (3) development of innovative solutions to improve the participation and advancement of rural students in grades Pre-K through 12 in STEM studies, and (4) research on online STEM education courses for rural communities.

The NSF may establish a pilot program of regional cohorts in rural areas to provide peer support, mentoring, and hands-on research experiences for rural STEM educators of students in grades Pre-K through 12 in order to build an ecosystem of cooperation among educators, researchers, academia, and local industry.

The NSF shall enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences under which the National Academy agrees to evaluate aspects of STEM education and workforce development in rural areas.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology must award prizes to stimulate research and development of creative technologies in order to deploy affordable and reliable broadband connectivity to underserved rural communities.

The Office of Science and Technology Policy must establish a broadband research and development working group to address national research challenges and opportunities for improving broadband access and adoption across the United States.

Text (4)
September 17, 2020
September 16, 2020
February 13, 2020
November 5, 2019
Actions (13)
09/17/2020
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
09/16/2020
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
09/16/2020
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H4463-4466)
09/16/2020
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
09/16/2020
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4979.
09/16/2020
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H4463-4467)
09/16/2020
Ms. Johnson (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
02/13/2020
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 319.
02/13/2020
Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. H. Rept. 116-397.
11/14/2019
Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
11/14/2019
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
11/05/2019
Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
11/05/2019
Introduced in House
Public Record
Record Created
Nov 6, 2019 8:12:29 AM
Record Updated
Jul 10, 2021 8:19:02 PM