Obama proposes $1B for science, math teachers

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 18 at 2:32 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wants to boost student skills in science, technology, engineering and math, and reward high performance teachers who help the cause.

The plan is to create an elite corps of master teachers in a $1 billion effort to boost U.S. students' achievement and reward top teachers with salary stipends. It's part of a long-term effort to encourage education in high-demand areas and to close the achievement gap between American students and their international peers.

Teachers selected for the Master Teacher Corps must commit to participate multiple years. Expert educators would share their knowledge and skills with other teachers.

At a Texas campaign rally, President Barack Obama framed his emphasis on expanded education funding as a point of contrast with Republican challenger Mitt Romney, whom he accused of prioritizing tax cuts for the wealthy over reinvestment in the nation.

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285-v-29-(Ross Simpson, AP correspondent)--The Obama administration has unveiled plans to create an elite corps of master teachers. As AP correspondent Ross Simpson reports, this is a $1 billion effort to boost student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math. (17 Jul 2012)

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286-c-13-(Ross Simpson, AP correspondent)-"on master teachers"-AP correspondent Ross Simpson reports the administration will make $100 million available out of an existing fund. (17 Jul 2012)

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287-c-16-(Ross Simpson, AP correspondent)-"next 10 years"-AP correspondent Ross Simpson reports the program will begin small, but will grow over the next decade. (17 Jul 2012)

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