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President Obama Unveils His 2012 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education

on February 25, 2011 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, Uncategorized Comments Off on President Obama Unveils His 2012 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education

President Obama proposes to eliminate the $180 million D.O.E. Math and Science Partnerships and instead fund a $206 million Effective Teaching and Learning: Science, Technology,photo STEM teacher training by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program. The program would provide competitive grants to state education agencies and partners to improve the teaching and learning of STEM subjects, especially in high-need schools. The funds could be used to (1) provide professional development for STEM teachers; (2) implement high-quality curricula, assessments, and instructional materials; and (3) create or improve systems for linking student data on assessments with instructional supports. Priority for the funds would be given to states that have already adopted and are implementing a set of high-quality K-12 mathematics college- and career-ready standards. Other key requests for FY 2012 D.O.E. programs include:

  • $900 million for the Race to the Top program.
  • $3.25 billion for the new Excellent Instructional Teams programs, which would help States and local educational agencies promote and enhance the education profession and improve teacher and and principal effectiveness.
  • $63 million for the Fund for the Improvement of Education: Programs of National Significance¬† to support nationally significant projects to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education.
  • $372 million for the new Expanding Educational Options program to start or expand high-performing autonomous schools, including charter schools.

For more information on the Department of Education budget go to http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget12/index.html

President Obama Discusses The Need For Educational Reform: NBC Education Nation

on September 28, 2010 in What Makes A Great Teacher? Comments Off on President Obama Discusses The Need For Educational Reform: NBC Education Nation

Teacher TrainingPresident Obama discussed a range of topics concerning the present and future state of U.S. schools and education with Matt Lauer during the Today Show Sept. 27, 2010. President Obama stated that “money without reform will not fix the problem.” He defended his administration’s Race to the Top fund which has been criticized widely for putting states in competition for federal funding. Obama called Race to the Top fund a catalyst which has resulted in 32 states changing their laws to foster higher education standards, more accountability and teacher training. Obama spent time discussing Guggenheim’s documentary film Waiting for Superman which focuses on inequalities in school systems. “My administration is announcing that we are going to specifically focus on training 10,000 new math and science teachers , we have to boost performances in those areas” Obama said. A $5 billion expansion of the Educate to Innovate Initiative to improve education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will be used in providing teacher training for new math and science teachers.

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