Education funding challenges hurt Arizona tech industry, STEM advocates say

April 17, 2018

The Arizona Republic features a piece on funding for STEM programs and teachers in K-12 schools, highlighting the 100Kin10 Summit:

“Some teachers believe more resources in the classroom can help the state attract more companies, and provide a better-prepared workforce. Teachers across the state are advocating for more funding, including STEM teachers.

It can be hard for schools to attract and retain STEM teachers due to low salaries, lower than average state education funding and a lack of collaboration among school STEM programs, advocates say.

‘Why do we think if teachers are not flourishing, their students will flourish?’ said Talia Milgrom-Elcott, the executive director for 100Kin10. The non-profit works to connect organizations to solve challenges facing STEM educators. 'It’s just not realistic.’”

Read the full piece here.