Washingtonians believe Students are not getting proper STEM education, according to a new survey

wash-STEMWashington residents are concerned about the state’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, according to a survey conducted by Washington STEM, a nonprofit aiming to improve innovation in STEM education in Washington state.

Only 45 percent of Washington residents surveyed believed that schools are providing adequate STEM education programs, as opposed to 94 percent who believe every child should have access to suitable K-12 STEM programs.

Surveyed Washington voters reported that they view STEM education as critical for preparing students for success.

As state lawmakers debate Washington’s education system, the poll shows strong support for STEM education from elementary education through high school.

“Early learning programs like full-day kindergarten are game changers for our students. They set a strong foundation for students to be successful in STEM and throughout their education and college or career,” said Susan Enfield, superintendent of Highline Public Schools and board member of Washington STEM.

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