U.S. Sen Al Franken spoke to a Minnesota Science Teachers Association conference in Duluth Friday, urging the support of a bill that would keep science and math teachers in the classroom.
Franken tells WDIO that people with science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, skills are more valuable in the job market, but Franken says he wants to keep them teaching by proposing higher wages.
Franken says the jobs of the future depend on people with science skills. He says the measure would boost the number of students studying math and science for a career.
The Duluth News Tribune reports the bill would help fulfill President Obama's goal to recruit and train 100,000 more teachers in science, technology, engineering and math fields in the next decade.
Franken introduced a similar bill last year that failed to get traction.