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STEM Laws and Rules


There are several key legislative actions that direct public STEM education in Oregon. House Bill (HB) 2636 (2013) established the STEM Investment Council, which assists the State of Oregon in developing and overseeing a long-term strategy to meet STEM education goals. The STEM Investment Council created Oregon’s 2021-2025 STEM Education Plan, which outlines the state of STEM education in Oregon, the importance of STEM for equity in education, and puts forward four primary goals, as listed here.

House Bill 3232 (2013) authorized funds for several education programs; related to STEM, the bill authorized the Connecting to the World of Work program which established Oregon’s Regional STEM Hub Network and relevant grants to improve equity and proficiency of students in STEM content and careers at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

House Bill 3072 (2015) established a funding mechanism for Career and Technical Education grants, STEM Education grants, and organization or “backbone” funding for Oregon’s Regional STEM Hub Network. The STEM Education grants authorized by HB 3072 are those referred to as STEM Innovation Grants; these grants are managed by the STEM Hubs to bring innovative, experiential STEM learning to Oregon’s students. Each grant aligns with at least one goal from the Oregon 2021-2025 STEM Education Plan.

Annual or biennial reports are written by the STEM Investment Council, ODE, and HECC, to respond to the directives of HB 2636 and HB 3072. The 2023 report required by HB 3072 is here, and reports from prior years can be found at this link.

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