A math and science summit announced by Gov. Matt Blunt will convene to discuss ways to improve student performance.
“We owe it to our children to do everything we can to prepare our children for the challenges that await them in the global economy,” Blunt said in a news release.
While no date has been set, Blunt said the summit will take place in April and bring together educators, businesses and various private organizations to discuss ways to improve curriculum and teaching methods.
The announcement comes two weeks after Blunt proposed a $167 million funding increase for public elementary and secondary schools and a $17.1 million increase in funding for higher education.
The summit is being planned by a 33-member planning committee, which includes two MU College of Education faculty members.
Carolyn Harrington, dean of MU education, said she is pleased the governor asked for the college’s assistance to make sure students receive a “world-class” education.
“We look forward to actively contributing to the direction of the summit and to continuing our pursuit of math and science excellence,” Harrington said.
The Columbia Public School District has not yet been asked to participate, said Lynn Barnett, assistant superintendent for student support services for the district.
She said the district is supportive of the effort and would be interested in participating if invited.