January 6th, 2010
02:13 PM ET
4 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. LYNETTE IN CA

    This is so great!

    January 6, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Peter E

    Just as long as we have our priorities straight. Priority one: multi-billion dollar bailouts to corrupt banks that were responsible for the economic collapse. Priority forty-thousand: yeah, and maybe throw a few pennies towards ensuring our economic future by educating our children.
    Seriously, $250 million? Don't make me laugh! That's about as much as a single corrupt bank spent from bailout money on executive bonuses!

    January 6, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. liberal wingnut

    That is all we see Obama spend spend spend. What a worthless president

    January 6, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. JES

    Where is the money coming from????

    January 6, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. obama the liar

    more of that obama money...where's mine?

    January 6, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. eyesup

    I'm sure someone will have a problem with this too. Maybe it's an Obama plot to get kids to learn what he wants, not what America needs like more stock brokers, lawyers, lobbyists, fat rich people that don't want to be a team player. Oops. Sorry, got carried away.

    January 6, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. lstro

    Do you now see why this country was hated not only by those countries we may have difference with but around the world. These idiots just do not get it. Vote the GOP out of office.

    January 6, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Jane/Seattle

    How about swapping the WAR, Defense, Foreign Arms Aid, $$$$ Aid Budgets for this one? Now that might show someone America's Priorities are Changing! This is my firm HOPE! But NOPE, Wall Street Wins Over Main Street – Like anyone really believed the Corporatocracy would tolerate Changes! Peace will one day win out if wer are still alive then.

    January 6, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Dylan from MN

    This is what progress looks like.

    "A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward."
    -Franklin D. Roosevelt

    January 6, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Dale

    The Party of "No" will oppose this... because 1 Obama put his name on it and because 2 Republicans don't care about people.

    January 6, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Kat

    with this nut, the spending never ends.

    January 6, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Matt

    Math and Science are great, but...

    It is criminal that the democrats are pushing through a bill that over 60% of Americans DON'T want. And they are doing it behind closed doors.

    Even the lamest liberals should be showing some distaste for such practices. If they don't, then they are hypocrites for all the complaining they did during the last administration.

    The healthcare debate should be on C-SPAN and open to the public that has to live with it.

    January 6, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. misty

    My kids are being taught to solve quadratic equasions, but they can't do long division. What's wrong with this picture?

    January 6, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Mike

    Thats it nobama, keep pouring money down a rat hole. The only educational institution still working is the charter system which nobama is getting rid of because of the teachers unions want it gone.

    January 6, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Love You Mr. President

    I love the president's efforts and hope Americans will support him in this endeavor.

    January 6, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. About Time

    Good. It's about time that the nation's students began to learn some match and science, because we are certainly falling behind the rest of the world, because our education system makes our kids value creativity and whatnot, but a little left-brain thinking wouldn't hurt; it would probably help. Of course, the conservatives will whine about the cost, but in reality, this isn't that much money–250 mil on the federal level is chump change.

    January 6, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. all the news that's fit to omit

    Despise Obambi, BUT this is a good thing and I APPLAUD HIM.

    Now for you sheep who posted the other day that Steele was a hypocrite for hammering Barry for sending his kids to a private school, READING IS FUNDAMENTAL or it used to be, Steele hammered him for CUTTING THE LOW INCOME FUNDING that allowed for poorer kids to go to that very same school, THAT'S ALL.

    Oh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, "I get it now".

    Maybe C-SPAN will cover that STORY?

    Maybe the lamestream media will even COVER the C-SPAN LIE by Obama, 8 times, "uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, I will have the debate on C-SPAN and all sides will uh, uh, uh be present".

    Dodd was the first of MANY.

    January 6, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Clem

    "American students, Obama noted, currently rank 21st in science and 25th in math compared with students around the world".

    Why is that so bad? We are 37th in health care in the world and we are still here, well most of us anyway. It seems like another liberal overreaction to me. Who needs math and science? What we really is more bible study teachers. All math and science has done is give us electronic gizmos and indoor plumbing. Just more tax and spend by a President who believes that we should build for the future rather than try to live in the past.

    January 6, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Pat F

    When it's pork for the SEIU or ACORN, or bonuses for Fanny and Freddie, it's BILLIONS.

    When it is math and science, it is millions.

    January 6, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Paul from Phoenix

    Interesting. I wonder if this math program will include topics like balanced budgets and deficit spending.

    January 6, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Dem

    No wonder Time Warner is raising their prices.

    January 6, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Mich

    Bravo! A great idea!

    January 6, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Corporations have already pledged $260 million to a $250 million math education project?

    Is that a typo?

    January 6, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. chris tx

    I can't wait to see how Republicans bash efforts to improve education in the USA...

    January 6, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. Future expat

    GOPers will oppose this because:

    -Math and Science, like global warming, are a myth
    -It's money that could be spent bombing brown people
    -they oppose EVERYTHING Obama does.

    January 6, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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