Senate approves Nofs amendment to School Aid Budget

LANSING — The state Senate Wednesday overwhelmingly approved additional funding for the Michigan Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Partnership.

The amendment to the 2012-13 School Aid budget, offered by Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, provides an additional $100,000 in funding to provide for greater statewide coordination of the Michigan STEM Partnership and increase the academic achievement of students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

“These knowledge areas are critical to the future success of our state, which is why we must make sure that core subjects like science and math are properly funded,” said Nofs. “We also need to make sure the key components of the program, including curriculum design and integration, are fully coordinated between the various STEM partners in both the public and private sector.”

Connie Duncan, director of the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center, welcomed the approval of the additional funding.

“Legislative support for the Michigan STEM Partnership shows the value of STEM education in increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Duncan said. “The Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network is grateful for this show of support for Michigan STEM education and partnerships.”

Senate Bill 961 now goes to the House of Representatives for further consideration.