S. 370: Teaching Geography Is Fundamental Act

Introduced:
Feb 14, 2013
Status:
Referred to Committee
Prognosis
0% chance of being enacted
Track this bill
Sponsor
Thad Cochran
Senior Senator from Mississippi
Party
Republican
Text
Read Text »
Last Updated
Feb 14, 2013
Length
13 pages
Related Bills
S. 434 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 02, 2011

H.R. 822 (Related)
Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 26, 2013

 
Status

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on February 14, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Progress
Introduced Feb 14, 2013
Referred to Committee Feb 14, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...
Prognosis

1% chance of getting past committee.
0% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

 
Full Title

A bill to improve and expand geographic literacy among kindergarten through grade 12 students in the United States by improving professional development programs for kindergarten through grade 12 teachers offered through institutions of higher education.

Summary

No summaries available.

Cosponsors
21 cosponsors (13D, 7R, 1I) (show)
Committees

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

The committee chair determines whether a bill will move past the committee stage.

 
Primary Source

THOMAS.gov (The Library of Congress)

GovTrack gets most information from THOMAS, which is updated generally one day after events occur. Activity since the last update may not be reflected here. Data comes via the congress project.

Widget

Get a bill status widget for your website »

Citation

Click a format for a citation suggestion:

Notes

S. stands for Senate bill.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the president to become law.

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.

GovTrack’s Bill Summary

We don’t have a summary available yet.

Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.


2/14/2013--Introduced.
Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act - Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish a geography education grant program under title II (Teacher Quality Enhancement).
Authorizes the Secretary of Education to award a grant to a national nonprofit education organization or consortium, with 75% to be used for matching subgrants to institutions of higher education associated with state geographic alliances, nonprofit educational organizations, or state or local educational agencies.
Requires program participants to use their grants and subgrants to enhance the geographic literacy of students in kindergarten through grade 12 by supporting specified activities, including:
(1) educational research;
(2) teacher training;
(3) the development of effective teaching tools and learning materials;
(4) the application of rigorous academic standards and assessment techniques;
(5) comparative studies of world cultures, economies, and environments; and
(6) the exchange of information regarding the state of geographic literacy and strategies for its improvement.

House Republican Conference Summary

The summary below was written by the House Republican Conference, which is the caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives.


No summary available.

House Democratic Caucus Summary

The House Democratic Caucus does not provide summaries of bills.

So, yes, we display the House Republican Conference’s summaries when available even if we do not have a Democratic summary available. That’s because we feel it is better to give you as much information as possible, even if we cannot provide every viewpoint.

We’ll be looking for a source of summaries from the other side in the meanwhile.

Use the comment space below for discussion of the merits of S. 370 with other GovTrack users.
Your comments are not read by Congressional staff.

comments powered by Disqus