Federal 'High-Tech' Programs Gain Supporters
Participants in a conference sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York last week decided to form three groups of business, education, and political leaders to encourage President Reagan and "guide" Congress on legislation to improve education for high-technology jobs.
The committees--which will be directed by David Hamburg, president of the Carnegie Corporation, and Lewis M. Branscomb, vice president and chief scientist for I.B.M. and chairman of the National Science Board, will deal with issues ranging from mathematics and science education to college-based applied research.
"There are a lot of bills in Congress right now, and [two committees] will try to bring some focus to how to deal with these issues," said an aide to Gov. James B. Hunt of North Carolina, who chaired the meeting with Mr. Hamburg.
The other committee, chaired by Mr. Branscomb, will "encourage" President Reagan to follow through on the pledge he made in his State of the Union message to promote high technology, the aide said.
Among the 50 participants in the meeting were Senator Paul E. Tsongas, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Governors Thomas H. Kean of New Jersey, Michael S. Dukakis of Massachusetts, William Winter of Mississippi, and Christopher Bond of Missouri.--ce