Two local school districts receive federal STEM funds

Elk Grove Unified and San Juan Unified will receive a share of the $18.2 million in California Mathematics and Science Partnership grants awarded to 28 districts, the California Department of Education announced Thursday morning.

“These grants will provide educators the support they need to teach California’s rigorous new standards to our most vulnerable students,” said state schools chief Tom Torlakson in a statement.

The federal grant allows schools to provide training in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – to teachers in districts where at least 40 percent of students are low-income.

Elk Grove Unified was among three districts to get continued funding based on past success, according to the state officials. The district received $450,000. San Juan Unified will receive $539,690 in new funding.