Parents, students hopeful after UTPB axes STEM/IDEA partnership


Multiple parents of the UTPB STEM academy and their students were, to say the least, not to happy.

The reason behind it, UTPB’s plan to partner the STEM Academy with IDEA public schools, which is a non-profit charter school company based in Texas.

Many parents where concerned with the switch, due to the possibility of non-project based learning, and no guarantee that teachers and students would even be allowed to transfer over.

“We are now going to fight for STEM’s future, and its sustainability away from UTPB,” said Jake Watkins, a STEM parent.

But for parents like Watkins, now that all has changed. That’s because on Thursday morning, UTPB’s President Sandra Woodley penned a letter letting parents know the plan to partner with IDEA was off.

Now they would be looking for alternative ways to continue STEM in Odessa, making parents and students pretty happy.

“They found out school for sure, everybody is like celebrating. So I am sure they are all just having a pizza party or something,” said Grace Rodriguez, another STEM parent.

And now for the future, STEM Academy parents are confident they will find another solution. This so that STEM will be able to stay.

“I’m not nervous because I know there is the passion, you’ve seen it, of all the teachers and the parents. We have people who want to get involved in pressing this forward,” said Watkins.

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