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STEM evolves into STEAM in Mpls Public Schools

Five-year enrollment plan attempts to tailor schools to neighborhoods’ needs 
By Charles Hallman 

Staff Writer

Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson said that the former Summatech program will not be part of her new five-year enrollment plan recently approved by the city’s school board. “We are going to put in a STEM-related program” similar to the Summatech, a math and science program once housed at North High School during the 1980s and 1990s,  said Johnson in a recent MSR interview. She added that she understands the sentiment for the former program, particularly from graduates and other supporters, but Johnson pledged that the district is committed to a program that focuses on math, science and engineering for

Minneapolis high school students along the lines of the old Summatech program. Two MPS schools — Cityview on the North Side and Wilder on the city’s South Side — will be used for the new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) program. Although the MPS superintendent quickly admitted that she doesn’t know everything about Summatech, Johnson said she wants to learn more about it. Continue Reading →

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