Assemblymember Thurmond Announces $200 Million STEM Education Grant Program

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) announces a bill that will create a $200 million grant fund for STEM education programs.  This bill will help build up STEM programming throughout the state while addressing the chronic teacher shortage.

“The demands of the 21st century economy on our students are clear,” said Thurmond.  “Our students must be well grounded in STEM and STEM-related fields in order to compete globally.  We know that there will be 1.4 million STEM jobs by 2022 and that there is a 2 to 1 ratio of open STEM jobs to qualified applicants.  We must do a better job of preparing our students and that requires a strong state investment in our schools and our educators.”

Thurmond’s bill, AB 2186, creates a number of grant pools.  School districts and county offices of education are able to apply for grants to fund professional development for STEM educators, teacher recruitment and retention programs, and computer science programming.  The bill also includes funds targeting STEM education in rural school districts, aiding in the development of public-private partnerships.

Assemblymember Thurmond is the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on STEM Education, which will next meet on March 7th to discuss the development of STEM-rich learning environments and career pathways. He is pushing legislation that will provide $1.5 billion in funding for career technical education and he previously successfully lobbied to undo a planned delay in convening a statewide computer science advisory panel comprised of educators, administrators, students and private industry. 

Interested stakeholders including school districts and industry leaders in technology and other STEM-related fields should contact Thurmond’s office to collaborate on this effort at (916) 319-2015 or by email to Michael.Lucien@asm.ca.gov.

RELEASE CONTACT: Ayodeji Taylor (916) 319-2015

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond represents the 15th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Tara Hills, and a portion of Oakland.

###