Included in the report of the Florida TaxWatch Government Cost Savings Task Force is a three-page section (starting on page 178) on improving STEM education the secondary and postsecondary levels. The report was released last Thursday.
The bottom line is stated in a recommendation:
The Legislature should direct the Department of Education to develop a STEM-Ready track for high school students, and direct the Board of Governors to develop a STEM-Track for undergraduate degree programs for the state’s colleges and universities. The Legislature should require DOE to create a specific scholarship track for higher education students enrolled in major coursework in the STEM-fields to encourage higher enrollment in STEM-fields. Once completed, the Department of Education and Board of Governors should formulate a permanent committee to implement and maintain the program. Partial funding for the program could be derived from Florida businesses who desire specifically skilled workers.