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Obama's New Math-Science Education Bill

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From contributing blogger Alyson Klein:

Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, planned to introduce a bill today...on education!

The measure, which is sponsored in the House by Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., is aimed at better coordinating the myriad of programs geared toward improving math and science education. For instance, it would establish an Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education within the U.S. Department of Education.

The political message behind the legislation could be a three-for-the-price-of-one for Obama. It could paint him as an advocate of good government, a proponent of improving teaching and curriculum, and a policymaker with his eye on the all-important global competitiveness issue.

Here’s hoping that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., or Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., decide to get in on some of that action by putting out their own education measures….

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Yes, we need another Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education within the U.S. Department of Education.
And how much will that raise taxes, and will these high paid "officials" be able to get past the teachers union to actually help anything down in the classroom ?

whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy obama new bill

We've provided an overview of the interesting, nitty-gritty aspects of the bill here: http://trianglecoalition.blogspot.com/2008/05/critical-estem-education-act-introduced.html

I heard on NPR today that Senator Obama is for vouchers for public education and merit pay for teachers. That sounds so republican, I can't believe it. Anyone can refute this?

Obama is not for vouchers but is not opposed to allowing parents to send their children to other public schools in the immediate area if they are unsatisfied with their base school. He also permits merit pay for teachers when it is based on career, not a single performance on tests. Does that clarify?

Obama is not for vouchers but is not opposed to allowing parents to send their children to other public schools in the immediate area if they are unsatisfied with their base school. He also permits merit pay for teachers when it is based on career, not a single performance on tests. Does that clarify?

Obama is not for vouchers but is not opposed to allowing parents to send their children to other public schools in the immediate area if they are unsatisfied with their base school. He also permits merit pay for teachers when it is based on career, not a single performance on tests. Does that clarify?

Obama is not for vouchers but is not opposed to allowing parents to send their children to other public schools in the immediate area if they are unsatisfied with their base school. He also permits merit pay for teachers when it is based on career, not a single performance on tests. Does that clarify?

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