S-2562/A-2015

Establishes the four-year “New Jersey Innovation Inspiration School Grant Pilot Program” in DOE to fund non-traditional STEM programs.”

NJEA supports S-2562 (Allen, Ruiz)/A-2015 (Singleton, Wagner, Wimberly, Riley, Caride).  This bill would create the New Jersey Innovation Inspiration Grant pilot program, a grant program designed to increase access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs for high school students.

STEM education is critical for our future.  Predictions of future job requirements include a high level of STEM knowledge, yet only a small number of American students choose to major in STEM fields when compared to other countries.

Innovative STEM programs in high school introduce students to the range of possibilities in the field and better-prepare them for STEM programs in college.  With the expected demand for both post-secondary training and college degrees in STEM fields, New Jersey needs to do everything it can to help promote study in science, technology, engineering, and math.

This bill will help do that by establishing a grant fund in the Department of Education, and awarding grants of no more than $150,000 to up to six school districts chosen for the pilot to establish or expand STEM programs.  These grants must be matched by both the district and through private funds.

NJEA asks that you vote yes on S-2562/A-2015.