NASA, education and the Sequester….

A few days ago, NASA decided to suspend all educational funding, which you can read about here.

“Effective immediately, all education and public outreach activities should be suspended, pending further review. In terms of scope, this includes all public engagement and outreach events, programs, activities, and products developed and implemented by Headquarters, Mission Directorates, and Centers across the Agency, including all education and public outreach efforts conducted by programs and projects.”

However, if you read the commentary, you will find that there might actually be good reason for this.  There are a lot of redundant projects.  There is no one central clearinghouse for NASA educational products.  Each NASA  facility has its own educational webpage and educational programs, and appears like they are the sole representative of education at NASA.  When you are looking for educational opportunities, this can be very confusing.  So if there is going to be a consolidation, this might actually be a good thing.  I know when I have looked for certain NASA programs that I have been told about, I sometimes have had to spent an hour surfing for the correct web-site.