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GSK funds NC New Schools education effort

North Carolina New Schools announced a new effort in science, technology, engineering and math education called STEMAccelerator.

GSK, a drug and consumer product company, is donating $1 million for the first phase of the initiative.

Gov. Pat McCrory was expected to be on hand for the announcement Tuesday at Research Triangle Park.

“High quality STEM education is critical to North Carolina’s future prosperity,” he said in a prepared statement. “The STEMAccelerator will help us meet one of my administration’s goals of transforming the teaching profession into a rewarding long-term career.”

NC New Schools, which supports early-college high schools and STEM schools, is working with universities and industries to design new STEM instructional programs that can be moved to public school classrooms.

“Through critical public-private partnerships, North Carolina is a national leader in advancing STEM education,” Tony Habit, NC New Schools president, said in a statement.