A bill aimed at strengthening math and science in the United States is on its way to the President.
Kansas Senator Pat Roberts applauded passage of the America Competes Act. The act is designed to strengthen the skills of math and science teachers, create partnerships between National Laboratories and high-need high schools, facilitate the expansion of Advanced Placement programs, and increase the number of students who study foreign languages, Roberts said. Additionally, the bill doubles the funding for the National Science Foundation
"The demand for talented persons in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and critical foreign language far exceeds the supply in the United States," Roberts said in a statment. "The likelihood of finding a job in these high need areas after college is almost guaranteed, yet we find ourselves still lagging behind other countries in producing these graduates."
Roberts says the measure is especially important to Kansas, with needs for graduates to fill positions in the established aviation industry and an expanding bioscience field.