On Wednesday President Barack Obama announced a new $1 billion teacher program, the Master Teacher Corps, to aid and promote education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
"If America is going to compete for the jobs and industries of tomorrow, we need to make sure our children are getting the best education possible," said the president. "Teachers matter, and great teachers deserve our support."
The new program will start small with 50 "exceptional STEM teachers" and expand to 10,000 over the next 4 years. The teachers selected for the Master Teacher Corps will receive a $20,000 bonus on top of their base salary in exchange for a multi-year commitment.
"I think it is a very good idea," says Peter Noguera, professor of education at New York University. "We've known for a while that this country needs more people who are well prepared in science and math and engineering and one of the critical shortages in teaching is inRead More »from Obama’s $1 Billion STEM Program: Money Alone Won’t Attract Good Teachers, Says NYU Prof.