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Business Leaders Voice Support for More Rigorous STEM Education Standards

If Michigan hopes to maintain its global manufacturing leadership, it will need a pipeline of STEM-educated workers who can meet the demands of high-tech business. Government and business leaders voiced their support for proposed changes that would increase Michigan’s science standards in K-12 schools during a roundtable discussion at the Detroit Regional Chamber last month.

The roundtable was organized by the Chamber’s Government Relations team and included the Michigan Department of Education’s Stephen Best, Tyler Sawher, strategy advisor to Gov. Snyder, and state Rep. Adam Zemke (D- Ann Arbor), along with over 20 Southeast Michigan business leaders.

“Higher science standards are critical to ensuring that Michigan students are ready for college and careers in STEM fields,” said Lindsay Case Palsrok, director of Government Relations for the Chamber. “Our workforce demands a pipeline of students and graduates prepared for training and education that equips them with the skills necessary to succeed and help our employers compete.”

The higher science standards place greater emphasis on analytical and critical thinking and are under review by the Michigan Department of Education.