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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Phil Roe (1st Congressional District of Tennessee)

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education announced an $8 million Education Innovation and Research mid-phase program grant to the Niswonger Foundation:

“I am thrilled the Niswonger Foundation is receiving this grant from the Department of Education to provide STEM opportunities for students in our area,” said Rep. Roe.  “Education is an investment into a child’s future, and this funding will help provide in-person and virtual STEM education to around 57,000 students in Northeast Tennessee. The Niswonger Foundation is truly one of the outstanding organizations in our community, and I have no doubt they will do great things for our community with this funding.”

“This is a day of tremendous pride as I reflect on the many successes of the Niswonger Foundation”, said Scott M. Niswonger, Founder and Chairman of the Niswonger Foundation. “It is gratifying to have our work in support of rural public education, again, recognized nationally. More importantly, we have a powerful opportunity to engage students in STEM experiences and enrich their understanding of STEM careers. This can be a game changer for the future of Tennessee.”

“I credit receiving this third U.S. Department of Education grant to the strong consortium of teachers and school leaders who are our partners in this work”, said Dr. Nancy Dishner, President and CEO of the Niswonger Foundation. “This project will provide virtual and in-person STEM and computer science environments, allowing the opportunity for students to accelerate their learning, while broadening and supporting their interest in a career in science, technology, engineering, math or computer science.  Our students will have an opportunity for a brighter future because of this work.”

Note: The Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program was established by the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA). Congressman Roe supported ESSA when it passed the House and served on the Conference Committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill in 2015. More information on the EIR can be found here.