UTPB to announce new partnership for STEM Academy, parents voice concerns

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Officials with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin have announced a new partnership for STEM Academy today.

The University says they will partner with IDEA Public Schools and STEM Academy will make the transition in the Fall of 2021.

“The University is proud of the many accomplishments of the STEM Academy since its inception over the past five years,” Sandra Woodley, UT Permian Basin President said in a statement. “We see this as the next important phase in our growth and this partnership is expected to be another positive step forward to build on the STEM Academy’s many successes.”

However, the partnership has caused a stir among parents since it was announced last week via email.

Many have taken to social media to voice their frustration with the changes and a petition has started to circulate to “Save the UTPB STEM Academy Charter.”

The petition touts the school’s strides in test scores and UIL competitions are top reasons to keep UTPB STEM intact.

A parent meeting on the transition will take place tonight at 6 p.m. in the UTPB Gym.

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