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.

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