CONGRESSMAN KENNEDY REINTRODUCES BILL TO EXPAND ACCESS TO STEM EDUCATION
Washington, DC –Congressman Joe Kennedy III took to the House Floor this week to reintroduce the STEM Gateways Act, a bill that would expand access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for women, minorities, and students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds. The bill would provide grants for classroom learning, career preparation, mentoring, internships, informal learning and other educational activities.
“In an increasingly innovative, technology-driven job market, failure to ensure equal access to STEM education is entrenching our modern economy’s profound opportunity gap,” said Congressman Kennedy. “By leaving so many students behind, we are not only limiting their futures but ignoring their economic potential. The STEM Gateways Act will help ensure that career paths are no longer determined or limited by a child’s gender, race or neighborhood.”
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About STEM Gateways Act:
Congressman Kennedy reintroduced the STEM Gateways Act in the House with Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY). A companion bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The legislation would provide funding through the U.S. Department of Education to help schools implement rigorous STEM academics, with a focus on reaching underrepresented groups.
Selected elementary and secondary schools in partnership with community colleges, non-profits, and other partner organizations would be able to use federal funding to support STEM, classroom activities, extra-curricular and after-school learning, summer programs, student tutoring and mentoring, and professional development for educators. Such focused efforts on expanding STEM opportunities for girls, minorities and economically disadvantaged students will broaden and strengthen the pipeline of American STEM workers.