In MN, small districts struggle for tech funding

Despite STEM program, funding for basic technology is slow to show up in some districts.
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School technology continues to become more sophisticated but many districts still are struggling to get the basics in technology. That's the case in smaller school districts in Minnesota where it may take years to get better funding for their science and math programs, reports KAAL TV.

School districts such as Grand Meadow say that even with state initiatives such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), which hope to increase interest in the math and science, items such faster computers, new software, a telescope and microscopes for every kid would go long way in meeting the requirements.

But high tech tools aren't everything.

"You can do a lot without lots of technology and stuff. You just need a teacher who's willing to take the time and effort to do a good job," says Tristan, a junior at Grand Meadow High School.

There are already new standards in Grand Meadow. It's one of the first school districts in the state to require four years of math and science to graduate. A requirement Superintendent Joseph Brown says will take time to support.

"There really needs to be a shot in the arm so that schools can purchase state of the art equipment, right now, so our students can start using that," says Brown.
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