U.S. Education Secretary Arnie Duncan wants more money for science education and prevent teacher layoffs. He spoke today at the annual FIRST Robotics competition in Atlanta.
This year over 10 thousand students from 30 countries are at the Georigia Dome showing off their science and engineering skills through competing robots. Duncan paid a visit telling students that America has to educate itself to a better economy by improving science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM subjects.
"The President is so committed to stem education we’re asking for a 300 million dollar increase in STEM funding for fall 2011"
Duncan says that's an increase of 67 percent. American, he says has underfunded science education. He hope congress will approve the funding.
This year, Duncan says he is very worried about pending teacher layoffs in Georgia and other states around the country. He’s asking congress for emergency funding to help states.
"Georgia’s challenges are not unique," he says. "We are seeing that play out in 50 states and we do see this as an emergency and we want to stave off an education catastrophe. "
The FIRST Robotics competition runs through Saturday at the Georgia Dome.