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Are We Falling Behind

Support From Policymakers

More and more, key policymakers are focusing on this important issue. Below are links to proposed legislation, policy and support - offered by both parties - that are creating momentum for policies that ensure America has a workforce grounded in the critical STEM fields.

"It's also important to realize that our ability to effectively compete in a global marketplace hinges on developing a workforce with 21st century skills. Despite improvements in test scores, U.S. 15-year-olds lagged behind students from 17 other nations in math and fell behind 15-year-olds from 12 other nations in science. We cannot afford to ignore the potential of any student and must do a better job preparing students who are currently under represented in STEM fields."

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) — April 19, 2012

“It is truly a global competition for jobs. And in a report on what the fastest growing companies in the world looked for first and foremost when it came to how and where they decide to invest, the top factor they mentioned again and again was the talent and training of the available workforce – which is so dependent on great public schools. Specifically, the high-wage, high potential jobs of the future depend on the strength of education in what are called STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.”

Delaware Governor Jack Markell — April 06, 2012

“I also hear from many business leaders who want to hire in the United States but can’t find workers with the right skills. Growing industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we have workers who can do the job. Think about that –- openings at a time when millions of Americans are looking for work. It’s inexcusable. And we know how to fix it.”

President Barack Obama — January 24, 2012

“For our nation to remain a leader in scientific advancement and technological innovation, we must equip and train the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. … We must provide students with the resources and curriculum they need to succeed.”

Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) — November 04, 2011

“Today, only one-third of the undergraduate degrees earned by American students are in a STEM field, compared with 63 percent in Japan and 53 percent in China. In a world where nearly everything we do is built on math, science, and technology, these numbers should concern us greatly for America’s future. Students with these skill sets are not only needed to change our world with the next vaccine, energy source, or communications system, but also to help drive a thriving American economy that produces good- paying jobs here at home.”

Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) — November 03, 2011

"We want you to find a job in the 21st century economy. I have employers who are begging for students with STEM talents."

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) — October 27, 2011

"In this global economy, it is critical that we expose students to new skills that will prepare them for success in STEM fields."

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick — October 18, 2011

“When I practiced immigration law I regularly worked with high tech companies in Idaho who had openings for workers with advanced degrees but, due to the small number of U.S. graduates in these fields, could not find the employees they needed. I also saw many highly educated foreign-born graduates who wanted to stay in the U.S. and put their education to use in our economy, but could not. This is a well known problem, and has attracted interest from both sides of the aisle.”

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) — October 14, 2011

“In order to meet future workforce demands, Florida will need approximately 120,000 new workers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) fields through 2018, based on Agency for Workforce Innovation projected job field growth…. In order for Florida’s economy to grow with sustainable, high-wage, private sector jobs, we must increase our commitment to prioritizing STEM in both our K-12 and higher education institutions.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott — October 14, 2011

“If we don’t train our children for the jobs of the future, we won’t be able to compete in the future. Whenever I talk to companies like Intel back in Oregon, they tell me that STEM education is key, and in far too many schools, the resources aren’t there to prepare our students for careers in engineering and science.”

Sen. Jeff Merkely (D-OR) — October 06, 2011

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