Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Announces $10-Million Science Grant for San Francisco Schools

October 8, 1999

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced a $10-million grant to improve the teaching and learning of science, mathematics, and technology in San Francisco. The grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), will cover five years and enable the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to develop creative methods of improving its K-12 science and technical curricula.

"This grant is visionary in its scope," said Pelosi. "NSF is helping to establish a firm foundation for science education in our city. I applaud a much-needed initiative that promises to return tangible benefits for San Francisco's children and youth far into the next century."

One of the primary long-term goals of the grant is to build more effective partnerships between SFUSD and institutions of higher education that have teacher-preparation programs. Toward this end, the grant will help SFUSD and the local colleges and universities to develop new courses, attract undergraduate science and mathematics majors for the purpose of launching them into careers in secondary education, and raise standards throughout the educational system. "A more rigorous and relevant educational system is one of the keys to keeping San Francisco a highly livable and attractive community," said Pelosi.

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