NEF CyberLearning Offers Schools STEM Grants in reaction to Sequestration Education Budget cuts

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The National Education Foundation (NEF) has launched a multi-million dollar grant program to improve STEM education in the nation’s K-12 schools. This program is an innovative way to provide 21st century skills to America's school students.

An uneasy result of the sequestration is the fact that the U.S. Department of Education would see cuts of $2.5 billion, but because all K-12 programs have been budgeted for the current year are funded for the next school year, the effect of the cuts would not be seen until the 2013-14 school year.

These cuts will have an immediate impact on the nature of programs offered by schools. STEM education represents one of the programs that is on the list of elimination in many school districts. NEF Chairman, Dr. Appu Kuttan states, “America is ranked 25th out of 35 countries in math and science. To compete in the global economy, our students need better STEM+ skills. Our initiative is aimed at preparing our students better for college and STEM-related jobs, while helping to improve worker productivity in our businesses.”

In view of the budget cuts caused by the sequestration, the National Education Foundation (NEF), the national nonprofit leader in bridging the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) divides in the nation’s schools, has launched a multi-million dollar grant program to improve STEM education in the nation’s K-12 schools.

Any school district/school with 35% or more students on Free/Reduced cost lunch is eligible. Apply at

NEF’s CyberLearning STEM+ academies, administered by the State University of NY (SUNY) and local universities, offer top-quality personalized courses in STEM, English, Social Studies, SAT/ACT, IT and Business courses mapped to the Common Core Curriculum standards as well as state standards in all 50 states.

In addition to the courses, the grant provides schools funds for teacher stipends, student motivational rewards and teacher training.

NEF’s Cyberlearning total system solution enables a student to advance a grade level in 20-30 learning hours in a subject such as math or reading.
In addition to a world-class STEM+ academy for the students, the grant provides a Parent Academy in IT and Business, and a Teacher Professional Development Academy, and a tuition-free Workforce Development Academy for employers in the community.

This initiative is a win-win-win partnership—schools and students are the biggest winners; businesses save on annual training costs, and receive enormous CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and PR credits; universities get an opportunity to help schools and communities.

For more information, visit, or call NEF at 703-823-9999.

About NEF
The National Education Foundation (NEF) is the national non-profit leader in bridging the academic and job skills divides by providing world-class education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), English, test prep, digital literacy, IT, business and management to millions of disadvantaged students and adults. See/ .

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