Rosen, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand STEM in K-12 Schools

Bill Would Increase Access To Accounting Curricula To Help Grow Next Generation Workforce At A Time When The U.S. Is Facing A Shortage Of Accountants

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the bipartisan Accounting STEM Pursuit Act to add accounting education to STEM curricula for K-12 students. This legislation, which was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswomen Haley Stevens (MI-11) and Young Kim (CA-40), would increase access to accounting coursework in an effort to improve career pathways and workforce diversity in the field. 

“Exposing students to STEM learning in the classroom helps inspire them to consider new career paths in many essential fields,” said Senator Rosen. “As a former computer programmer and Chair of the Senate Women in STEM Caucus, I’m proud to help introduce this bipartisan legislation to promote and expand access to accounting education programs by recognizing it as a STEM field.”

As the co-chair of the Senate Women in STEM caucus, Senator Rosen has taken the lead on increasing access to STEM. Last year, Senator Rosen’s bipartisan Rural STEM Education Act was signed into law as part of the CHIPS and Science Act, which breaks down barriers rural students face in accessing STEM education. Senator Rosen’s bipartisan Building Blocks of STEM Act, which helps increase girls’ participation in computer science, was also signed into law. Senator Rosen also led a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues in introducing the PROMOTES  Act to authorize the Secretary of Defense to implement a program preparing students in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) for training and education in STEM fields.