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What support is there for teachers who want to improve their skills teaching math and science?
We must strengthen all of our students' math and science education; in order to do so we need highly qualified, dedicated teachers. To support this effort, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act provides grants to states and school districts to support teacher training and recruitment. In addition, the president's 2006 fiscal year budget request includes $500 million for a Teacher Incentive Fund that can be used to reward outstanding teachers in high-risk, high-poverty schools. We have more than tripled loan forgiveness for special education and math and science teachers who choose to work at high-need schools.
Also, the Department of Education's Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative provides free professional development to thousands of teachers, including digital workshops. Currently there are 11 math and science related workshops available free of charge. All 50 states and the District of Columbia now grant professional development credit to participants.
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