Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama said he’ll request $80 million in education funding for training math and science teachers to help the U.S. stay competitive in world commerce, reviving a budget request last year.
“When students excel in math and science, they help America compete for the jobs and industries of the future,” Obama said in prepared remarks released by the White House.
The president today is honoring winners of the second annual White House science fair. More than 100 students from more than 45 states engaged in projects in science, technology, engineering and math, according to the White House.
Obama said he’ll request $80 million for teacher training as part of his fiscal 2013 budget, which will be sent to Congress on Feb. 13. He said another $22 million will come from philanthropic and private sector commitments, bringing funding for the program to more than $100 million.
The goal is to support teacher training in key subject areas that the administration says will ultimately spur development of technological breakthrough that will create jobs.
A year ago, the president called for preparation of 100,000 science, technology, education and math teachers over the next decade. He included an $80 million request to begin recruiting 10,000 teachers over two years.
That request stalled because it was included in a package renewing the Elementary Secondary Education Act and Congress didn’t act on the measure.
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