Policy Update

Administration Releases FY 2018 Budget

Daniel Schwen, CC BY-SA The Trump Administration’s budget proposal, which was released on May 23, includes sharp cuts for Federal science agencies. The document is the first step in the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations process, and many bipartisan Senators and Representatives have taken issue with multiple aspects of the proposal. The National Science Foundation (NSF) would…
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Policy Update

Federal Research Agencies Avoid Cuts in Congressional Budget Deal

Late last week, President Trump signed into law a budget deal that will fund the federal government through September 30. The bipartisan deal has generally been viewed favorably by science advocates, as it maintains or increases funding levels for most agencies that provide research support. Under the deal, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will remain…
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Policy Update

NAACP Endorses AAG Letter Opposing Restrictions on Geospatial and Racial Disparities Data

NAACP and 26 other prominent national organizations signed on to a letter written by the AAG expressing concerns about proposed bills (Senate Bill 103 and House Bill 482) that could impose restrictions on the use of and access to geospatial data related to racial disparities. Read more about AAG policy action. Read the letter.
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President Obama Signs New K-12 Law, Includes Key Geography Provisions

This morning, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law (the photo shown here was taken by John Wertman, the AAG’s Senior Program Manager for Government Relations, who attended the event). The ESSA is the given name for the new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the primary federal law dealing with…
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American Scholarly Societies Joint Statement on ‘Campus Carry’ Legislation

The Association of American Geographers joins our colleagues in 28 other scholarly societies in opposing policies designed to facilitate the carrying of guns on college campuses. We encourage any state considering such policies to bring the perspective of geographers and other educators throughout the United States to the debate. Following is the official joint statement:…
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GAO Study Highlights Need for Funding Geography Education

K-12 Geography Proficiency Levels Have Not Improved Since 1994 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an important report last week that underscores the need for funding K-12 geography education in the United States. The Association of American Geographers (AAG) provided substantial input to GAO during their process of developing this report. “The GAO report is…
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Policy Update

Old Name Officially Returns to Nation’s Highest Peak

The story of America is told by the names on the land. When you hear names like Kentucky and Kennesaw, Klamath and Kodiak, your mind immediately starts to turn over all manner of associated thoughts of what you may have experienced or learned or even what you may imagine about that place. Geographic names often…
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Progress Towards ESEA Reauthorization

The AAG has been working hard to encourage Senators to include dedicated funding for geography as part of any new education law and have had some success to this point. Geography is again included as a core academic subject within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) bill and there is a new funding program that…
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