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U.S. House Marks 20th Anniversary of Einstein 'Fellows'

An unusual fellowship program that brings math and science educators to Washington for a year was honored earlier this week, as the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

As an EdWeek story from last year on the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship program notes, "The program allows teachers to serve as de facto policy advisers to Washington decisionmakers, and to take what they've learned from those experiences back to their schools and communities."

As it turns out, one fellow highlighted in that story was assigned to work in the office of none other than then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama. (The fellows serve both in congressional offices and federal agencies, such as NASA and the National Science Foundation.)

Earlier this year, I attended an event with a panel of Einstein fellows and was duly impressed. I ended up quoting a couple of them in this story.

The bipartisan House resolution was sponsored by Rep. Mike Honda, a California Democrat and himself a former science teacher and school principal. The measure was approved June 15 by a vote of 405-5.

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