President Obama Announces Expansion of Public-Private STEM Initiative
January 6, 2010
Calling for bold action to ensure America’s continued leadership of the world in science, President Obama unveiled a new initiative seeking to equip more than 10,000 math and science school teachers of today with the knowledge and tools they need to teach the children of tomorrow. This initiative effectively doubles to $500 million the philanthropic effort that the president announced in November that compliments the government’s $700 million funding of STEM initiatives through organizations such as NASA, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation.
This initiative has garnered sponsors such as Intel Corp., which has vowed to contribute over $200 million in cash and in-kind contributions to teach specialized science and math skills to elementary schools teachers, who usually only receive general training in those fields. Additionally, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation will infuse their program to place teachers with advanced degrees in hard to staff schools in areas such as Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio with over $40 million in new funding, aiming to place 700 new teachers within only a few short years. Realizing that America is falling behind in the critical areas of science and math and that the government cannot do everything, many other organizations have also decided to contribute to this new effort.