For Immediate Release - June 18, 2009

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF THE GOVERNOR'S STEM COORDINATING COUNCIL

Governor Patrick to issue Executive Order to coordinate policy and resources for science, technology, engineering and math education

BOSTON- Thursday, June 18, 2009 - Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today announced plans for an Executive Order creating the Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Coordinating Council. The new council, to be chaired by Lieutenant Governor Murray, will be the central coordinating entity for the Executive Branch as it seeks to increase student interest and achievement in STEM fields.

"In order to successfully take part in the global 21st Century economy, students must possess high-level science, technology, engineering and math skills," said Governor Deval Patrick. "The Coordinating Council will ensure we are better focusing our efforts to educate the workforce of tomorrow."

"STEM is an essential component of our state's education agenda," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "Improving the level of coordination within the Executive Branch will lead to increased opportunities for students of all ages and help us retain and attract businesses that need a highly skilled workforce."

Today's announcement was made at the STEM Leaders Breakfast at the Museum of Science, organized by Massachusetts business leaders who have called for the Commonwealth to do more to promote STEM education.

Although Massachusetts outpaces most of the nation in math and science proficiency, the Patrick-Murray Administration believes that more needs to be done to promote STEM careers and courses of study.

"The STEM disciplines are vital to Massachusetts' economic present and future," said Secretary Paul Reville. "This effort will help ensure that the Commonwealth takes full advantage of our strengths to provide students with the skills and opportunities necessary to compete and succeed in the global economy."

Membership of the Council will be made up of a small group of administration officials from the Education, Housing and Economic Development, and Labor and Workforce Development secretariats. Other members will include legislators, business leaders, and educators.

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