January 6th, 2010
02:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama unveils $250 million math, science program

President Obama spoke about the importance of improving the country's educational system at a White House event Wednesday.
President Obama spoke about the importance of improving the country's educational system at a White House event Wednesday.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama announced Wednesday a $250 million public-private initiative designed to improve national math and science education.

Specifically, the money will be used to promote five new partnerships intended to help train over 10,000 new math and science teachers over the next five years. It will also be used to support the professional development of more than 100,000 current math, science, technology and engineering teachers, according to the White House.

The new funding builds on Obama's math and science "Educate to Innovate Campaign," which was announced last November. Several large companies, including Intel, Xerox, Kodak and Time Warner Cable have already pledged $260 million to the effort.

American students, Obama noted, currently rank 21st in science and 25th in math compared with students around the world, putting the United States at a disadvantage on vital issues such as medicine, energy and security.

The administration, Obama said Wednesday, is committed to moving the United States "from the middle to the top of the pack."

The president handed out awards to over 100 math and science teachers after making the announcement.

Last year, Obama unveiled a $4.35 billion "Race to the Top" fund to offer competitive grants to states pursuing creative strategies for recruiting, training and retaining teachers.

soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Tim

    And he'll televise the details on CSPAN

    How's the hopenchange coming?

    January 6, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Obama Mama

    Very good....This president knows the importance of educating the US

    January 6, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Maybe it'll help GOPers learn how to count votes correctly.

    January 6, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. mikl

    He use money like his own. He is not my president. I make mistake to vote for him.

    January 6, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. sharon

    to keep up with other countries and to be able to step up, this was very needed.

    January 6, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. PoeMan

    Finally a person that values education. Waiting to hear how the hate and fear group respond to this.

    January 6, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Obama and the rest of the far-Left obviously can't even do simple math: They seem to be unaware that if the amount you spend exceeds the amount you take in, you're going to go broke, and that the 52% of Americans who oppose health care welfare is not only greater than the 42% who support it, it's also a majority.

    Maybe they could use some of that quarter-billion for a remedial Congressional/Presidential math program.

    January 6, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    I'll bet you half a peach that the neoclowns will spin this as payback for the teachers' unions. After all, what have math and science ever done for us? Have a nice day!

    January 6, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's about time and this is great news for my grandson who excels in math and science. I expect him to be more than prepared to compete globally and be at the top. Let's all get on board and make sure our children are more than prepared because they can do it with our support.

    January 6, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Right Trash

    What a wonderful idea. Maybe American students will once again regain their footing in global academics.

    Of course righties will hate this because it involves studying facts to reach logical conclusions.

    January 6, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Steph

    Can't wait to hear people complain about a public-private partnership or about improving math and science education. It's hard to believe why anyone would have a problem, but I know some nut-job will find a way to be upset about it.

    Way to go President! More of the Hope and Change we voted for!

    January 6, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. rob

    Sounds like another give away to the Big Teachers Unions

    January 6, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Ed Tallahassee

    Good Work Mr. President!

    January 6, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    I think this is money that is worth spent; education is the future key to our nation to succeed and be competitive in the future; Science and Math is where the US lacks the most, and we need to fix that. For example, I am taking a class next semester called " Environmental Biology." Even though I am not majoring in any type of Geological Science, I still do enjoy learning about the Earth's processes, and how the processes of the Earth work/ affect us as a whole. I am hoping that all of us develop the same compasion for learning about our Earth's geological history, and how we should take care of the Earth in the future. If we fail to improve on our Math and Science, we can forget about us having a super-power status for long, as the world gets more advanced as time goes on; I know that truth is harsh, but it has to be said if we are to get motivated to improve our selves in the future. That is what I think.

    January 6, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Jack Fl

    School teachers are the most under-paid profession; school administrators the most over-paid.

    January 6, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Keith in Austin

    Democrat mantra: If something isn't working, throw taxpayer money at it!

    January 6, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. J. Rochester, NY

    This is great!

    I can't wait to see how the GOP tries to explain how Math and Science are bad for the country too. Math and Science is for socialists!!!

    January 6, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Matt

    I loved Math and Science and studied both. Although I think that government should stay out (stop spending), I'm glad to hear that private companies are getting involved.

    January 6, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    America, you want jobs? Here you go!

    January 6, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. SweetSusie

    Finally, a president who cares about education!

    January 6, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Larry

    Nice job President Obama.

    Just don't cancel the funding on it now like that moron Bush did with No Child Left Behind.

    January 6, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Mike

    We are falling behind the world when it comes to math and science. This is very much needed.

    January 6, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. LacrosseMom

    Excellent! We need to revamp our schools, need to invest in our children's future. The U.S. will not remain a World power with uneducated or undereducated children.

    When students in nations like Singapore & other Asian countries outperform our students, we are in trouble.

    However, are we willing to invest in our children's educations? Nope.... but there is plenty of money...... $3 trillion for two wars.

    January 6, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. CommonSense09

    Good news! The Republicans would have put twice as much money into a Creationism Museum. They don't believe in science. Morons!

    January 6, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Melissa

    Standing ovation for Obama. Wonderful idea. Its about time.

    January 6, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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