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CSU system commits $10 million to prepare future STEM teachers

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The California State University system — including San Francisco State — graduated a record 105,693 students in the 2014-15 academic year, up from 103,781 in 2013-14.

Facing a looming shortage of math and science teachers, the California State University system has decided to commit more money to a teacher preparation initiative, CSU officials announced Monday. The university system will dedicate an additional $10 million to its Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative over the next four years.

They increased their investment in the program in response to a study by the Palo Alto-based Learning Policy Institute that found the state will lack 33,000 math and science teachers in the coming decade, according to CSU.

In a written statement, CSU Chancellor Timothy White said:

“The California State University has made tremendous strides over the past few years to prepare even greater numbers of math and science teachers.”

“By dedicating additional funding, we can increase capacity in programs to further alleviate the looming teacher shortage.”

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