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Obama to announce training initiative for math, science teachers

WASHINGTON. - President Barack Obama plans to announce a $250 million initiative this afternoon to train math and science teachers.
     
It's part of the administration's effort to move American students from the middle of the pack to the top in those subjects.
     
In a statement, Obama says the quality of teachers "is the most important single factor influencing whether students will succeed or fail in science, technology, engineering and math."
     
The administration says up to 1 million new teachers need to be recruited over the next five years to fill a gap in those four disciplines. It estimates that the money announced today will help prepare 10,000 new teachers and train 100,000 more.
     
During this afternoon's event at the White House, Obama plans to honor 100 math and science teachers from around the country for classroom excellence.

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