Dukakis Unveils $420-Million Proposal for Sciences

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Gov. Michael S. Dukakis of Massachusetts, the Democratic Presidential nominee, last week proposed a $420-million science-and-technology effort that includes two separate programs to improve science teaching.

The Governor unveiled his invest proposal, which stands for "Investment in Education, Science, and Technology," with a promise to "make the United States number one again."

The plan calls for a partnership between the federal government, state governments, and the private sector, each of which would provide one third of the funding for the proposed programs. Thus, federal costs would be $140 million.

The largest combined expenditure, $300 million, was proposed for "science-education development projects." The projects, run by scientists and teachers, would devise and research curricula and teaching methods and train teachers.

The program would also "support a limited number of outstanding science educators" in each state to review teaching methods and curricula. The U.S. Education Department would disseminate their findings nationally.

The other education program included in invest, a $45-million "national science-teaching partnership," was announced early last month. The proposal calls for bringing working and retired scientists and engineers and science graduate students into classrooms as teachers, "teacher men8tors," or aides.

Mr. Dukakis also promised to ask the National Science Foundation to prepare an annual "competitiveness report card" on the progress of each state and the federal government in science education, and to "encourage" states to raise standards for teacher certification.

The Dukakis plan also calls for "workplace 2000 centers" for worker training; "centers of excellence," modeled on a Massachusetts program that brings industry and higher education together to promote new technologies; and "advanced-technology" consortia of businesses in "promising job-creating industries which have a generic research and development need."--jm

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