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Sun Oct 13, 2019, 07:36 AM

Rural School Districts Look To After-School Programs And Teacher Training To Expand STEM Offerings

ROLLA ó Rural Missouri school districts short on money sometimes struggle with teaching the three R's, so the idea of adding advanced science and technology instruction can be daunting.

A $250,000 state grant through Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla is helping 41 school districts in 10 counties in south-central Missouri bolster their offerings.

The $10,000 and $20,000 grants arenít enough to overhaul a curriculum. But they are enough to train existing teachers to teach things like robotics and engineering.

David Russell, superintendent of the kindergarten through eighth grade Success School District in Texas County, said investing in current teachers is a good use of money in an area where recruiting math and science teachers is difficult.


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