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February 7, 2012—President Obama today outlined additional steps the nation needs to take to prepare 100,000 effective math and science teachers and called for more than $80 million in federal funding and praised $20 million in private funding to reach the goal during the White House Science Fair. He also called for a strengthening of undergraduate STEM education and announced $100 million in National Science Foundation funding.
“When students excel in math and science, they help America compete for the jobsand industries of the future,” said President Obama. “That’s why I’m proud to celebrate outstanding students at the White House Science Fair, and to announce new steps my Administration and its partners are taking to help more young people succeed in these critical subjects."
Among the steps announced by the White House:
Howard Gobstein, A۰P۰L۰U executive vice president and SMTI co-director, praised the announcement: "We applaud the Administration’s efforts to work with schools, colleges and states to address the nation’s need for more and better prepared math and science teachers. SMTI's 128-member universities are working hard to enhance the quality of the more than 8,000 math and science teachers they prepare annually. In addition, our new Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership involving over 60 universities and 65 school systems across some 30 states will develop models to prepare teachers to teach the new Common Core State Standards for Mathematics."
SMTI, launched in 2008 by A۰P۰L۰U and the nation's public research universities, to transform middle and high school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education by preparing a new generation of world-class science and mathematics teachers.
A complete overview is available at the White House website.
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