Parents push for a new STEM-focused charter school in Evansville

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – There’s a push for a new STEM-focused charter school to open in Evansville.

It’s called Purdue Poly-Technic High School. It operates in conjunction with Purdue University.

The goal is to provide students a pathway to college and prepare them for high skilled jobs.

Nearly 60% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Parents met to learn about what STEM is and what it can mean for area youth.

“We’re not starting young enough. We should be talking to these kids at five, six, seven years old and getting them into these kinds of programs and looking at what their passions are and how that coincides with sciences and technology and math.”

Evansville currently has one STEM certified school. The Indiana Department of Education declared New Tech Institute High School as a STEM certified school in 2016.

There is already one of these schools open in downtown Indianapolis.

A second one is on the way by the end of the summer.

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(This story was originally published on May 14, 2019)

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