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White House Announces STEM Education Organization


The White House announced today the creation of Change the Equation, a 501(c)3 organization born from last year’s Educate to Innovate initiative. Change the Equation is a response by 100 CEOs to the Administration’s call to action on STEM education.

Change the Equation will take proven, privately-funded education programs and replicate them at 100 high needs schools around the country. Some of the areas listed in a press statement are “allow more students to engage in robotics competitions, improve professional development for math and science teachers, increase the number of students that take and pass rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) math and science courses, increase the number of teachers who enter the profession with a STEM undergraduate degree and provide new opportunities to traditionally underrepresented students and underserved communities.” It will also “score” each state’s STEM education to help target the areas in need of improvement for member companies.

The CEOs’ effort is in response to President Obama’s speech last year at the National Academy of Science. Specific programs being rolled out under Change the Equation can be found here. More information on the companies involved is available here.

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White House Announces STEM Education Organization