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Science Education in the News: New York City Offers Housing Subsidies to Lure Science Teachers; San Diego Struggles with Overhaul of Science Program

New York City officials announced on April 20 that the city will offer subsidies of up to $14,600 to entice science, math, and special education teachers to work in the city’s most challenging schools. The New York Times reports the city “will pay as much as $5,000 up front to the recruits for housing expenses, including the cost of moving to the New York area, a down payment on buying a home, or broker fees and security deposits for renters.” Teachers will also receive a $400 monthly housing stipend for two years, and can live anywhere within the metropolitan region. Those entering the program must have two years’ experience and commit to work for three years in one of New York City's toughest middle schools or high schools. To read the New York Times story, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/19/nyregion/19teach.html?fta=y (free registration required).

As New York City addresses a teacher shortage, San Diego is struggling with an overhaul of its science program that is causing a backlash among some parents. In an April 13 Wall Street Journal article, Robert Tomsho reports that San Diego re-vamped its science program by focusing more on hands-on activities and requiring all students take the same courses in an effort to raise performance of minority and low-income immigrant students. However, reports Tomsho, parents in “middle- and upper-income areas, where many students were already doing well, rebelled against the new curriculum, and a course called Active Physics in particular.” For a synopsis of the article, visit http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_04_24_wsjarticle.htm. Those who subscribe to the Wall Street Journal can read the entire article online at http://online.wsj.com/home/us.


NSTA Legislative Update: President Signs Executive Order to Develop National Math Panel

Last week President Bush signed an executive order that will officially establish a National Math Panel at the U.S. Department of Education, responsible for identifying and disseminating best practices in math education; and key administrators from NSF, NOAA, NASA, NIST, and the Departments of Energy and Education are summoned to testify about their STEM education programs before the House Science Committee. Read more in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_04_24_legupdate.htm).


Toyota Moves Science Education Forward with $550,000 In Grants

Toyota TAPESTRY, the nation’s largest science teacher grant program of its kind, awarded nearly $550,000 in grants to 76 K-12 U.S. teachers who submitted creative science project proposals. Fifty awardees received up to $10,000 each and 26 received minigrants of up to $2,500 each. Large grant winners accepted their awards at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education this month. For a complete listing of large and minigrant awardees and their projects, visit http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry.

“NSTA is proud to collaborate with Toyota to support and fund innovative science education projects through the TAPESTRY program,” said Michael Padilla, NSTA president. “We are dually committed to rewarding educators who are passionate about demonstrating creativity and excellence in their science teaching. We thank Toyota for making education a priority.”

Toyota awards grants to innovative K-12 teachers yearly, and teachers can apply individually or in teams. Applications are due in January. For more information about Toyota TAPESTRY grants, visit http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry or call 800-807-9852.


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And Don't Forget...

During the month of April, you can purchase the Online Book Special—Science Educator’s Guide to Lab Assessment at 30% off list price when you buy online. To browse the book and to order, visit http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial.



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