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House Passes IES Reauthorization Bill: AERA Prepares for Potential Senate Action
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May 2014

The House of Representatives approved a bill to reauthorize the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) on May 8. The Strengthening Education through Research Act (SETRA) passed by a voice vote.

SETRA builds upon the current IES structure while increasing flexibility for the National Center for Education Research by eliminating specific research topics mandated for study under current law. The bill also fully incorporates the National Center for Special Education Research into IES.

Read more in the May 2014 AERA Highlights »

 
 
FIRST Act, Slashing SBE Funding, Moves to House Floor
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May 2014

Despite strong opposition from the National Science Board and most science and higher education organizations, the House Science Committee passed the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act on May 28.

The bill, which reauthorizes the National Science Foundation (NSF) and several other federal science programs, reduces authorized funding levels for the Social, Behavioral & Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate at NSF by 42 percent.

Read more in the May 2014 AERA Highlights »

 
 
   
     
   
 
 
 
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Social and Behavioral Sciences Resources
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The following documents and links to ongoing projects detail the benefits of social and behavioral science (SBS) research as part of AERA’s efforts to protect federal investment in SBS.

NSF's Merit Review Process
National Science Foundation, June 2014

Why the Federal Government Funds Social and Behavioral Sciences Research

Association of American Universities, October 3, 2013 

Bringing People Into Focus: How Social, Behavioral & Economic Research Addresses National Challenges (PDF)
National Science Foundation

Exploring What Makes Us Human: Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (PDF)
National Science Foundation, March 2014

Social and Behavioral Sciences in Action
National Research Council, November 12, 2013

Interorganizational Letter to Chairman Lamar Smith, House Science, Space and Technology Committee (PDF)
American Association for the Advancement of Science, October 16, 2013

Remarks to the Consortium of Social Science Associations (PDF)
Senator Elizabeth Warren, November 4, 2013 

 
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