December 10, 2009

Gillibrand: Congress Set to Give Final Approval For $500,000 To Help Recruit And Train Queens Science Teachers

Federal Dollars Will Provide New York Hall of Science Resources to Instruct 4,000 NYC Teachers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that Congress is set to give final approval for $500,000 to the New York Hall of Science to train thousands of New York City science teachers through development workshops. Senator Gillibrand aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.

"This federal investment in New York Hall of Science, a leading pioneer in science technology and education, will produce a generation of Queens teachers that will inspire future inventors, doctors, and scientists," Senator Gillibrand said.

The New York Hall of Science in Queens is New York City's only hands-on science and technology center. The Hall, known as one of the nation's best science museums, features hundreds of hands-on exhibits in biology, chemistry and physics. Funding will help bolster professional development workshops to recruit and train 4,000 New York City science teachers who can earn graduate-level credit courses and certification.

The House and Senate have each passed their version of the appropriations bill, and today Senator Gillibrand announced that the funding was included in the final, combined version.