House Passes Legislation to Replace OERI
On April 30th, the House passed the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (H.R. 3801) introduced by Rep. Michael Castle (R-DE). The legislation would replace OERI with a more independent Academy of Education Sciences, which would consist of three centers dedicated to education research, statistics, and evaluation. The bill also seeks to bring more scientific rigor and competition to the education research enterprise, including changes to the current regional educational technical assistance programs.
The bill authorizes $400 million for the Academy of Education Sciences, $112 million for the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and $189 million for regional assistance. At least half of the Academy's funding would have to be used to support long-term research that lasts at least five years.
After passing the House, the bill was referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. No hearing has yet been scheduled for the House-passed bill, as the Senate is drafting its own reauthorization bill, which may differ significantly in some key areas. The Senate HELP Committee is planning to hold hearings in May on the reauthorization of OERI, and it is hoped a Senate bill will be drafted at that time.
APA submitted comments to the House Education and Workforce Committee in March to help inform the Committee as it reviewed the bill and APA's Public Policy Office will continue to monitor the Senate progress on the bill.
There are current opportunities for Ph.D.'s interested in Senior Research Associate positions at OERI.