White House Rally to Promote Science Education

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On Thursday the White House will host the third public event in an ongoing campaign to encourage the private sector to invest in precollege science and math education. The initiative, dubbed Educate to Innovate, showcases new and ongoing activities by companies, foundations, and professional organizations to train better teachers, raise student performance, and increase interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Last fall's version, for example, launched National Lab Day, a Web site to link up teachers and scientists and engineers who want to volunteer in the classroom. This week's event is expected to showcase a new report on K–12 STEM education by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

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