COLUMBUS (TDB) -- Billionaire Bill Gates' foundation donated $12 million today to train Ohio high school students in STEM -- the education acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Aimed at low-income schools, the grant will be pooled with $50 million from the state and Ohio's business community. Proponents say the goal is to connect 100,000 students with jobs that "will transform Ohio's economy from an industrial economy" into something that is a better fit in the global marketplace. A presser about the grant is here.
Gov. Ted Strickland and other top state officials were enthusiastic, and said the cash should help open college doors to an additional 230,000 Ohioans over the next decade. If those kids focus on engineering and science, they think the state can reclaim its legacy as a worldclass center of innovation in the 21st Century.