Washington, DC – Following the start of the school year, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., today met with a group of students and teachers from the Horace Mann Middle School in Charleston to discuss the importance of developing a new 21st century curriculum to better prepare graduates for the more technology-based work force.
Earlier this year, Rockefeller introduced legislation to create the 21st Century Skill Incentive Fund Act, which would provide matching funds to states that offer students curriculum options beyond the core requirements outlined in the No Child Left Behind Act. The bill would appropriate $100 million a year to the U.S. Department of Education to administer matching grants to states that integrate courses in the following subjects at their schools: global awareness; financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy; civic literacy; and health and wellness awareness.
“It’s not enough for
In March, state Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine, a long-time supporter of the 21st Century Skills Partnership, testified before the Senate Finance Committee on the success that
“The West Virginia Department of Education’s 21st Century Learning initiative along with Senator Rockefeller’s efforts on the federal level will help prepare students for the future instead of the past,” Paine said.
Similar 21st century skills programs are already in place in
Sen. Rockefeller has been a long-time advocate for increasing technology education and access in