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Obama Vows to Boost STEM Funding in State of the Union

Barack ObamaPresident Barack Obama called for increasing investments in and emphasis on STEM (science, technology engineering and math) education in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

Brittany Ballenstedt writes the Education Department intends for the Race to the Top initiative to further build up course content across member states and prepare students for STEM careers.

That initiative was launched in 2009 with funding mandated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to the report.

President Obama also asked the Congress to pass legislation that would extend pre-kindergarten education to four-year-old children, the report says.

The Obama administration plans to push for high-speed broadband access at more schools over the next two years, Nextgov reports.

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