A new STEM school, with star appeal

Idaho’s largest school district will open its fourth STEM magnet school this fall — one with a big name attached to it.

Barbara Morgan

Meridian’s Barbara Morgan STEM Academy, named for Idaho’s teacher-astronaut and a Boise State University distinguished educator in residence, will serve kindergartners through fifth-graders.

The school will focus on STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. But the idea isn’t just to encourage students to pursue STEM careers, Morgan told the Idaho Statesman. “It’s about having a literate society.”

This is one story where the comments are worth reading. The Statesman article, published Monday, has sparked an online debate over the merits of establishing a STEM magnet elementary school.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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