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Inland educators excited – but wary – about Trump’s $200 million STEM pledge

By in Press Enterprise on November 19, 2017

By Beau Yarbrough, EdSource

By CAROLYN JONES, EdSource

The White House’s pledge to spend $200 million on science, math and computer education could potentially transform U.S. classrooms, but educators are waiting to celebrate until they know how the money will be spent.

“I think it’s positive that the White House is talking about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, but we just need to see more details,” said Vincent Stewart, executive director of the California STEM Network at Children Now, a nonprofit organization that advocates for children’s health, education and policy. “Until we see where that money is going, it’s too difficult to say what the impact will be.”

President Trump in September issued a presidential memo directing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to devote at least $200 million annually to STEM grants, with an emphasis on computer science and programs that benefit underrepresented minorities. Private companies pledged to add another $300 million to the coffers, but it has not been announced how or when that money will be allocated.

  • Juniors Abraham Prado, 16, left, and Joel Prado, 16, work on a project in their pre-engineering and design STEM class at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. President Trump has promised to provide an extra $200 million for STEM education. (Photo by Rachel Luna, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Senior Tommy Filippini, 17, works on a project in his pre-engineering and design STEM class at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. President Trump has promised to provide an extra $200 million for STEM education. (Photo by Rachel Luna, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Senior Tommy Filippini, 17, works on a project in his pre-engineering and design STEM class at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. […]    

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