• Mallory Smith

Gov. Parson vetoed STEM preparedness

Early in July, Missouri Governor Mike Parson vetoed a House- and Senate-approved measure aimed at preparing secondary school students in the state for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. “While I fully support the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and making our state’s students aware of career opportunities in those fields, I cannot approve of the program’s provisions as written,” Parson said in his veto letter.


Among its provisions were the following:

• Creation of a computer science program that would include rigorous academic performance standards and would allow a computer science course to fulfill a math, science, or practical art credit toward graduation and • Establishment of a statewide, online "STEM Career Awareness Program" for middle schoolers, managed by the state department for education, with a dedicated fund held by the state treasurer • Establishment of a "Career Readiness Task Force" made of geographically diverse members, including parents and professionals, who are tasked with creating a career readiness course course for 8th and 9th graders


Read more coverage here at

the Kansas City Star: https://www.kansascity.com/…/politics…/article215368205.html KCUR:

http://www.kcur.org/…/company-helped-write-missouri-s-stem-…


Photo Credit: KCUR / CAROLINA HIDALGO / ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RAD


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