Education 'Summit' Scheduled For September, Governors Say
Washington--A national summit meeting on education to be held at the White House has been tentatively scheduled for September, a spokesman for the National Governors Association said last week.
Governors from 13 states discussed the summit last week during a private meeting with President Bush on education and a variety of other domestic issues.
The idea for a national meeting bringing together state and local educators, governors, business leaders, and federal officials was first proposed by Mr. Bush during the Presidential campaign.
Alan Janesch, a spokesman for the n.g.a., said that the President raised the issue during the private meeting and that September was suggested as a target date. An agenda for the summit is being developed, he said.
Also at that meeting, members of the n.g.a.'s task force on research and technology presented the President with a report calling for several measures to strengthen research and technology development, including raising the levels of mathematics and science skills taught in elementary and secondary schools.
The report also urged states to recruit more science and mathematics teachers by increasing scholarships in science and engineering, providing forgivable loans to students who agree to enter the fields, and promoting an increase in the numbers of women and members of minority groups who pursue science and engineering degrees.
Copies of "America in Transition: The International Frontier" are available for $10.95 each from the n.g.a., 444 North Capitol St., Washington, D.C. 20001.--rrw
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