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December 2014/January 2015 | Volume 72 | Number 4
STEM for All
Sharon J. Lynch, Erin Peters-Burton and Michael Ford
Inclusive STEM high schools demonstrate that success in STEM is within reach of all students—provided the right supports are in place.
In 2010, President Obama issued a challenge to the U.S. education system to create more than 1,000 new STEM-focused schools, including 200 high schools. According to a report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST, 2010), a greater portion of the U.S. populace needs to be better prepared in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to meet the challenges the country faces in energy, health, the environment, and national security.
An innovative response is the creation of inclusive STEM high schools. These schools are a relatively new feature of the U.S. education landscape and can have policy implications for school reform, STEM initiatives, and improving opportunity to learn. They may also point the way for high schools of the future.
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