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Uncle Sam Wants You to Help Shape New Math Initiative

A new "Dear Colleague" letter from the National Science Foundation invites input from all those concerned about mathematics education to help shape a proposed $60 million initiative from the Obama administration.

The initiative, which would be jointly administered by NSF and the U.S. Department of Education, aims to "combine the strengths" of the two federal agencies to "stimulate needed research and development in [K-16] mathematics education and the use of successful practices and innovations at scale," says a recent letter from Joan Ferrini-Mundy, who leads the NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources.

"What do you think are the highest priority issues or challenges that need to be addressed in order to improve K-16 mathematics teaching and learning in the country?" the letter asks.

You can learn more here about the Obama administration's STEM education proposals for fiscal 2013.

Responses to the NSF's Dear Colleague letter are due by July 1.

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