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Science, Math Schools Needed, Report Says

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Specialized high schools focused on mathematics, science, technology, and engineering can serve an important role in improving the United States' ability to remain competitive in the global economy, a report argues.

The report, by the Lynchburg, Va.-based National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Sciences, and Technology, estimates that about 47,000 students nationwide are enrolled in such programs, which typically offer advanced curricula for high-performing students in those subjects. More than 100 such high schools are operating in the United States; 99 percent of their graduates go to college, and 54 percent of them earn undergraduate degrees in math- or science-related fields, it says. The report calls for greater federal spending to help establish new specialty schools.

Vol. 26, Issue 29, Page 11

Published in Print: March 23, 2007, as Science, Math Schools Needed, Report Says
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