There has been a good deal of talk locally and nationally about the need to emphasize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in our local schools.
The new EPISD administration has suggested that the effort be expanded to include arts, making the acronym STEAM.
The changes being considered by the district’s facilities advisory committee don’t do much for STEM. They do include a possible $30 million for various fine arts, theater, and music production studios.
Noticeably absent is any potential bond money for the sciences.
Particularly troubling is the lack of any mention of replacing the district’s planetarium. The current one is housed in the district’s current central office complex and will be lost if the district is forced to move out by the landlord, our city government.
They don’t seem to be putting our money where their mouth is.
We deserve better