Kauffman Foundation To Announce $15 Million Investment in Math and Science Programs

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.

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