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STAC’s Statement on NSF STEM Teacher Initiative

June 6, 2024

The Science and Technology Action Committee (STAC), a nonpartisan alliance of nonprofit, academic, foundation and business leaders advocating for greater focus on and funding of science and technology, issued the following statement on the NSF STEM Teacher Corps Pilot Program.

Improving K-12 STEM education is a critical task for our nation. The National Science Foundation (NSF)’s recent announcement that it will launch a National STEM Teacher Corps Pilot Program marks a key step toward reversing the trend of falling K-12 test scores in math and science that have plagued the U.S. for far too long. It also complements the large-scale investment that the federal government made with the CHIPS Act.

Inspired by the late Jim Simons’ Math for America initiative, the program will recognize our nation’s inspirational STEM teachers and help create rewarding career paths to which all STEM teachers can aspire. Established in response to the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act, it will help train and support the educators we urgently need to help ensure the U.S. remains globally competitive in science and technology.

The program will provide up to $35 million over five years to support 8-10 regional alliances to strengthen and elevate the STEM educator profession, ultimately helping the U.S. develop a diverse, domestic workforce that will advance U.S. innovation and bolster economic and national security for decades to come. Doing so will ensure that future scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs continue to happen here in the U.S.

The Science & Technology Action Committee (STAC) is a group of 25 non-profit, academic, foundation, and corporate leaders working to dramatically strengthen U.S. science and technology. The Committee is co-chaired by: Bill Novelli, Professor Emeritus and founder of Business for Impact at Georgetown University and former CEO of AARP, Sudip Parikh, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Executive Publisher of the Science Family of Journals, Mary Woolley, President & CEO of Research!America, and Keith Yamamoto, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy at UCSF and President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).