By Matthew Q. Clarida
A bill co-authored by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th district) which would increase federal support to teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, passed the House of Representatives on Monday.
The act, which Esty put forth along with Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) continues existing STEM support from the federal government, expands some grants to a larger population of eligible teachers, and mandates that computer science education is funded by at least some of the awards.
The current iteration of the bill, if approved by the Senate, will direct money not only to classrooms and teacher training programs but to museums and science centers as well.
“I’m very proud our commonsense bill passed today,” Esty said in a press release from her office. “The STEM Education Act represents a crucial step forward for our students and teachers, and for institutions like the Connecticut Science Center. The support the bill provides will empower us to continue—and expand—our work to advance STEM education throughout our state.”
The bill passed the House with no votes against.