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Conference report filed in House (10/24/1990)

Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education Act of 1990 - Title I: Findings and Objectives - Sets forth congressional findings and objectives regarding this Act.

Title II: Mathematics, Science and Technology Improvements - Part A: Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Amendments - Amends provisions of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Act relating to elementary and secondary education programs to require, subject to waiver, a local educational agency (LEA) which receives an allotment under existing provisions of less than a specified amount to form a consortium with at least one other LEA or institution of higher education receiving assistance under the same provisions.

Requires any increase in assistance under such provisions over the amount received in FY 1990 to be used first to provide training for mathematics teachers and science teachers in elementary and middle schools.

Revises requirements regarding the amount which may be spent for: (1) technical assistance and administrative costs under elementary and secondary education programs; and (2) assessment and administrative costs under higher education programs.

Authorizes the Secretary of Education to make a competitive, five-year grant or contract to establish a National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education. Directs the Secretary to establish a peer review process to select the recipient of the award. Authorizes the Secretary to appoint a steering committee for the Clearinghouse.

Authorizes the Secretary to make grants to expand and improve model programs for training and instruction in the use of computers in the mathematics and science curriculum of elementary and secondary schools. Limits the Federal share, subject to waiver, to a specified percentage.

Authorizes the Secretary to award grants or contracts to establish and operate regional mathematics and science education consortia for: (1) disseminating instructional materials; and (2) providing technical assistance regarding teaching methods and assessment tools. Directs the Secretary to award at least one grant or contract in each region, provided appropriations are sufficient. Limits grants to five years. Directs the Secretary to appoint a national panel to make recommendations for awards of grants. Sets the Federal share at specified percentages for specified years of the award. Authorizes appropriations.

Directs the Secretary to submit to specified congressional committees a report listing all sources of Federal aid for mathematics and science education.

Part B: Innovative Technologies - Requires the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish: (1) research programs on the use of computers and related technologies in basic mathematics, science, and technology instruction; and (2) programs to promote the use of interactive telecommunications linkages to provide mathematics and science education in the elementary and secondary classroom.

Part C: Science-Technology Centers - Authorizes the Director to make competitive awards to science-technology centers for: (1) development of more effective, hands-on, interactive mathematics, science and technology programs; (2) replication or dissemination of effective programs; and (3) development of new science-technology centers. Requires the Director, in making awards, to give special consideration to programs primarily for elementary school-aged children.

Part D: Grants to Educational Agencies for Systemic Reform of Mathematics and Science Education - Authorizes the Director to make awards to States or State educational agencies for system-wide improvement in elementary or secondary school mathematics and science education.

Part E: Technical Amendment - Makes technical amendments to the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, the General Education Provisions Act, and the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Act.

Title III: Higher Education - Part A: Graduate Fellowships and Traineeships - Authorizes the Director to increase the number of graduate fellowships awarded by the NSF to at least 1,200 fellowships annually by FY 1993.

Makes lawfully admitted permanent resident aliens eligible for certain NSF scholarships and graduate fellowships.

Authorizes the Director to carry out a competitive program of awards to institutions of higher education for traineeship programs which encourage promising students, especially women and minorities, to continue their education and research in mathematics, science, and engineering.

Part B: Centers of Excellence - Requires the Director to establish a program of competitive awards to encourage institutions of higher education to improve undergraduate instruction in science, mathematics, and engineering. Designates institutions receiving grants as Centers of Excellence for Undergraduate Teaching.

Title IV: Women and Minorities in Mathematics, Science and Engineering - Authorizes the Director to make awards to institutions of higher education to enable the institutions to support distinguished women and minority faculty members in mathematics, science, and engineering to enable the faculty members to serve as Distinguished Visiting Professors at institutions that lack sufficient resources to attract and retain such faculty on a permanent basis.

Authorizes the Director to make awards to institutions of higher education, other than research universities, for recruiting and retaining women and minority faculty in mathematics, science, and engineering, and to obtain equipment and facilities necessary for the research of such faculty.

Authorizes the Director to make awards to institutions of higher education to establish or maintain cooperative arrangements with institutions with predominately minority enrollments and institutions with high quality research programs in mathematics, science, and engineering.

Title V: Education Coordination and Department of Energy Programs - Mandates a report to the Congress on science, mathematics, and engineering education, including a description of current Federal programs at all educational levels and a plan to enhance such education. Requires specified Federal departments and agencies to report regarding all educational activities supported.

Authorizes the Secretary of Energy to: (1) provide paid administrative leave for employees of the Department of Energy or its research and development facilities who volunteer to interact with schools, colleges, teachers, or students; (2) establish a volunteer pool of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who have retired from such employment; (3) establish a Young Americans' Summer Science Camp Program; and (4) establish a program for mathematics and science teachers. Applies these provisions only to activities that are: (1) not national defense production activities; or (2) administered through the Office of Energy Research. Bars these provisions from taking effect if a substantially identical program is included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1991.

Title VI: Science Scholarships - Part A: National Science Scholars Program - Authorizes appropriations to the Department of Education for awards to National Science Scholars.

Authorizes the Secretary of Education to carry out a program of undergraduate scholarships for the study of the physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Designates recipients "National Science Scholars." Requires that the scholarship recipients, to the extent that they are otherwise qualified, be given priority consideration for federally financed summer employment in federally funded research and development centers that complements their educational program.

Part B: Robert Noyce Scholarships - Establishes a scholarship program for students in the last two years of a baccalaureate degree program in physical, life, or computer science, mathematics, or engineering who are willing to commit themselves to teaching elementary or secondary school mathematics or science. Allows continuation awards to initial recipients who have completed degree requirements but require additional education courses for teaching certification. Requires either: (1) two to four years of service as an elementary or secondary mathematics or science teacher at a school receiving assistance under specified provisions; or (2) repayment of the total amount of awards received, plus interest. Authorizes appropriations.

Part C: National Academy of Science, Space, and Technology - Directs the Secretary of Education to establish a National Academy of Science, Space, and Technology for the instruction and preparation of selected individuals for service in a science, mathematics, or engineering related capacity in the employ of the United States or a U.S. corporation.

Directs the Secretary to appoint an Advisory Board for the Academy.

Requires the Academy to establish a scholarship program for students to pursue the baccalaureate degree in science, mathematics, or engineering who are willing to commit themselves to complete four years of: (1) service in a physical, life, or computer science, mathematics, or engineering related capacity in the employ of the United States or a U.S. corporation; (2) postgraduate education in such fields; or (3) a combination of service and education. Requires repayment of awards, plus interest, if the individual fails to keep the commitment. Authorizes appropriations.

Part D: Additional Provisions - Declares recipients of awards under this title who are convicted of certain crimes ineligible for further such awards and requires repayment plus interest.

Mandates a study of current efforts to improve the quality of elementary and secondary mathematics and science education and career potential for the underprivileged through joint efforts of business, school districts, and institutions of higher education.

Title VII: General Provisions and Authorization of Appropriations - Part A: Authorization of Appropriations - Authorizes appropriations from the amounts authorized to be appropriated to the National Science Foundation.

Part B: Definitions - Sets forth definitions of terms as used in this Act.

Part C: Miscellaneous Provisions - Directs the Secretary of Education to extend until January 1, 1991, the public comment period on proposed regulations concerning clock and credit hour conversion.

Amends Federal law relating to Federal acquisition of real property to deem a school district meeting certain requirements to have met specified requirements of existing provisions. Changes requirements regarding allocations of appropriations under specified provisions for certain local educational agencies.

Amends the Adult Education Act to include within the definition of "local educational agency" a public authority which performs a service function for public elementary or secondary schools.

Part D: Effective Date - Sets forth the effective date of this Act.