The moneys fund the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council which is housed at UNI. The moneys are to be used for salaries, staffing, institutional support, activities directly related to recruitment of kindergarten through grade 12 mathematics and science teachers, and for ongoing mathematics and science programming for students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12.
UNI is required to work with the community colleges to develop STEM professional development programs for community college instructors and STEM curriculum development.
Not less than $500,000 of the appropriation is to be used to provide technology education opportunities to high school, career academy, and community college students through a public-private partnership, as well as opportunities for students and faculties at these institutions, to secure broad-based information technology certification. The partnership is to provide all of the following:
• A research-based curriculum.
• Online access to the curriculum.
• Instructional software for classroom and student use.
• Certification of skills and competencies in a broad base of information technology-related skill areas.
• Professional development for teachers.
• Deployment and program support, including but not limited to integration with current curriculum standards.
Of the moneys that remain unencumbered or unobligated at the close of the fiscal year, an amount equivalent to not more than five percent of the amount appropriated will not revert back to the state but will remain available for expenditure for summer programs for students until the close of the succeeding fiscal year.
Additional information can be found at IowaStem.gov.
The FY 2022 request is status quo.