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Recent Acts and Reports on US Education

America COMPETES Act 2007

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

BEST: What it Takes 2004

Blue Ridge Parkway Protection Act 2010

Drinking Water Adaptation, Technology, Education, and Research (WATER) Act 2009

Federal Cave Resources Protection Act of 1988

National Academies Report: Rising Above the Gathering Storm 2005

National Environmental Education Act of 1990

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

No Child Left Inside Act of 2009

Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009

STEM Education Coordination Act of 2009

Report of the Academic Competitiveness Council 2007

Workforce Investment Act of 1988


Strategic Education Plan

The Strategic Education Plan considers NCKRI’s congressional mandates, history, vision, and information gathered from other cave and karst education programs, resource managers, and educators. Additional guidance was derived from directives and recommendations of recent reports and United States legislation (see left column), which demonstrate the need for science education reform, environmental literacy, a world-class workforce, and the advancement of lifelong learning opportunities.

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Goals, Outcomes and Strategies

The goals, outcomes, and strategies of this plan provide a framework to focus and coordinate NCKRI’s education efforts. Partnerships with other cave, karst, science, and environmental education programs will establish a foundation to accomplish this work. Development and implementation of short-term activities, targeting immediate needs, opportunities, and resources in support of strategic goals, will accelerate the execution of this plan.


“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” - Baba Dioum

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