Tennessee getting 3 new STEM schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Hamilton, Putnam and Sullivan counties will open new schools focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

State officials announced Monday they are Prescott South in Cookeville; Northeast STEM Platform School with East Tennessee State University as a partner; and a school yet to be named in Chattanooga.

There already are existing STEM schools at Stratford Magnet High School in Nashville and L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville.

The new schools will be funded through Tennessee's Race to the Top grant and will be part of the statewide STEM innovation network. The new schools are being funded with $1 million each.

State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said the statewide focus on STEM will improve teaching and learning across all subjects.

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