STEM at the State Level

With the recent executive order signed by Governor Phil Bredesen, Tennessee joins the collection of states who have developed state-wide STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education initiatives.  Tennessee’s STEM Innovation Network will be administered by the Tennessee Department of Education and will share many characteristics of other state-wide STEM programs like the Pennsylvania STEM Initiative, which seeks to “create the foundation for the state’s future competitiveness.”

President Obama recently pointed to the Pennsylvania initiative as “… a shining example of how the nation should overhaul STEM education.”  While STEM education has risen in prominence in the national education conversation, and while local control of schools is still a challenging issue, according to the National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions, “…it is at the state level that legislation has its most direct and profound influence on the future outcomes of science, mathematics, and technology education.”

Posted by: Monica Schager

Sources: State of Tennessee, CivSource, National High School Alliance, Pennsylvania STEM Initiative, The White House, Education Week, National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions.

Photo Credit: 10_08_PhysicsIL_172 Courtesy of flickr user rachel.crowl.

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