WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the White House announced a national education initiative to strengthen America’s economic competitiveness through leadership in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. This public-private education model seeks to build a strong national and state-level STEM network that will mobilize the business community, philanthropists, educators, governments and the public at-large.
“Efforts to improve American students’ interest and performance in the STEM disciplines is an important building block to America’s economic future and global competitiveness,” said Dr. Rob Atkinson, President of the Information Technology Innovation Foundation (ITIF). “This initiative is an important step to improve STEM achievement, as well as boost innovation, create better jobs and improve the quality of life for more Americans.”
Working closely with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ITIF will help focus the efforts of many committed stakeholders in the business, educational, and philanthropic communities to increase the demand for STEM education and careers.
“The President’s leadership has inspired and empowered many of the country’s most prestigious foundations to partner with some of the country’s most innovative companies to improve the educational opportunities for America’s children” said David Washington, Ph.D. ITIF Senior Fellow, and “…I