Efforts are underway to bring more STEM teachers into the classroom. The 100Kin10 initiative, for example, is working with academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations and companies to put STEM teachers in classrooms by 2021.
But despite these efforts to fill STEM teacher vacancies, the gap persists. One problem is that it is difficult to attract STEM teacher talent in rural districts. There is also a lack of funds for STEM programs. Superintendents are getting creative with finding new funds for STEM by partnering with businesses and community groups. There are approximately 8.9 million rural students in the U.S, which make up 20% of the American student population.
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