LANSING, Mich., March 16, 2022 — Earlier this week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that Kalamazoo RESA will receive roughly $900,000 in funding to support the statewide K-12 expansion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. This grant will specifically allow Kalamazoo RESA to elevate mathematics as the language of STEM and provide a tool for STEM exploration. In response to the announcement, state Reps. Christine Morse (D-Texas Township) and Julie M. Rogers (D-Kalamazoo) issued the following joint statement: 

“Exposing students to a strong STEM education from an early age is the best way to help foster a lifelong passion for these fields. This grant will help expand our students’ knowledge of STEM, teach valuable critical thinking skills, encourage innovation and set them on a path to success in one of these high-demand professions. We are grateful for the education advocates, the MiSTEM Advisory Council and the governor for working together to bring this funding to the Kalamazoo community.” 

Grand Valley State University and Washtenaw ISD were also awarded about $900,000 each out of the $2.7 million total available funds.