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State budget writers OK almost $5 million for Idaho STEM Action Center

The Joint Finance Appropriation Committee (JFAC) approved a bill to fund STEM for $4.9 million. (CBS 2)

State budget writers signed off on a budget for Idaho's STEM Action Center that essentially matches last year's expenditures

The Joint Finance Appropriation Committee (JFAC) approved a bill to fund STEM for $4.9 million.

The budget approved by JFAC allocates some $2.6 million to STEM from the general fund.

The remainder of the money would come from dedicated funds and private donations

"The bulk of the funding for our budget is directed toward teacher professional development and resources," said STEM Director Angela Hemingway. "So this gives teachers an opportunity to utilize the standards in computer science, math and science and enhance their classroom practice while also providing the resources they need to be successful. "

STEM is in its fourth year and is dedicated to building a competitive Idaho workforce by improving student learning in science, technology, engineering and math...or STEM.

The budget now heads to the House floor.

It must also pass the Senate before it ends up on Gov. Little's desk

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