Congressman Honda Selected to Join 100Kin10 Network
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) today announced that he was selected to be part of the “100Kin10” Movement. 100Kin10 describes itself as “a networked approach to providing America's classrooms with 100,000 excellent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teachers by 2021 while supporting tens of thousands more.” This network looks to answer the 2012 call from President Obama to create 100,000 new, high quality STEM teachers by the year 2021.
“I’m proud to be part of this exciting endeavor,” Congressman Honda said. “I’m also honored to be the only member of Congress in this network. STEM education is critical for our educational and economic viability now and in the future. As a member of Congress, I am committed to increasing opportunities to pursue STEM education for women and underserved populations who can serve as role models of future generations.”
The 100Kin10 Network is a collection of educators, business leaders, and public servants who pledge to improve the STEM education system in America. “As an educator, I know we need high quality teachers to support students,” Congressman Honda said. “As a Congressman, I know that we need educators, business, and government to work together to create and nurture those teachers. 100Kin10 is a great way to improve STEM education.”
Congressman Honda has been working on STEM issues for his entire Congressional career. He recently convened, and led, a Silicon Valley STEM Advisory Panel discussing the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards and technology integration in California. Last Spring, the Congressman introduced the Early Educator STEM Content Coach Act, which would partner early childhood educators with STEM experts to improve the quality of STEM teaching at the primary level. Last Fall, he cosponsored the STEM Gateways legislation, introduced by Rep. Kennedy and Sen. Gillibrand, that would increase STEM opportunities for girls, underrepresented minorities, and economically disadvantaged students.
In 2008, the Congressman worked with then-Senator Barack Obama to introduce the Enhancing STEM Education Act. The act sought to enhance the coordination among state and federal governments to improve STEM education by creating a committee on STEM education at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), creating an Office of STEM at the Department of Education, instituting a voluntary State Consortium on STEM education, and creating a National STEM Education Research Repository.
Later that year, Obama was elected President, and he included portions of the bill (notably, creating a committee on STEM education at OSTP) in a subsequent budget request to Congress. Congressman Honda successfully included this same provision in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, which was signed into law on January 4, 2011.