Republican Rep. Randy Feenstra of Iowa's 4th Congressional District, which includes Winnebago and Hancock Counties, co-sponsored the Rural STEM Education Research Act as a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. On May 18, this bill passed the House with bipartisan support.
According to a release, the legislation seeks to award grants to nonprofit organizations or higher education institutions for research and development to advance STEM teaching in rural schools.
The bill also establishes a broadband research and development working group to explore challenges and opportunities for expanding broadband access and implementation.
“I am pleased that the Rural STEM Education Research Act has passed the House with bipartisan support," Feenstra said in the release. "Both STEM education and quality broadband access are critical to the future success and revitalization of rural America.
"I am hopeful that this legislation will break down barriers rural Iowans face in receiving STEM education and identify the technological and logistical challenges we still must overcome to provide broadband to every last acre of land.”