– In a region with a history of technological innovation, we are falling short in producing high school graduates well-versed in math, science, engineering and technology (STEM).
U.S. News and World Report recently ranked the best high schools in the country. The magazine also ranked the best STEM schools, using a slightly different methodology. The STEM rankings relied more heavily on the test results.
Here are the schools that made the cut:
- Pittsford Sutherland #66
- Brighton #127
- Pittsford Mendon #175
- Honeoye Falls-Lima #181
If our region will continue to be a center of innovation, we need to produce high school and college graduates who specialize in STEM. These are the highly-skilled people who invent things, earn more money and create jobs. But we don’t have enough of them, U.S. News reports:
While demand for workers skilled in STEM is expected to continue climbing, the number of students pursuing STEM degrees has dropped, according to an April 2012 report released by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee.
“Despite the clear demand for STEM talent by domestic employers, the U.S. is failing to produce an ample supply of workers to meet the growing needs of both STEM and non-STEM employers,” the report states.
The state is exploring offering STEM and career and technology high school diplomas.
– Buffalo’s superintendent search process mirrors Rochester’s. There are concerns over the quality of candidates, secret meetings and favoritism.
– How often do you see someone in a public job take a stand and resign? Buffalo’s civil service head resigned rather than accept documents that may have been post-dated to force new workers into the new, less generous pension tier.
– The state will pay $3 million to Onondaga Nation members roughed up by troopers during a protest in 1997.