April 9, 2006 - Posted at 1:59 p.m. CST
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Thirteen public and private school
systems in the Kansas City area will be getting an infusion of
money to help improve math and science education.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation plans to announce next week
that it will invest 15 million dollars in math and science
programs at the schools.
The nation's children are falling behind in the two subjects, at
a time when companies are desperate for engineers.
Kansas City is home to the Midwest Research Institute and some
of the nation's largest engineering firms, like Burns & McDonnell,
Black & Veatch and H-N-T-B.
So the Kauffman Foundation wants to work with schools to
innovate in classrooms, strengthen teachers, inspire students and
improve academic performance.
The foundation will partner with districts in Kansas City,
Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, as well as districts in the
five-county area surrounding the urban core.