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Back to Class for Area Teachers

The National Science Foundation is providing a chunk of money for Georgia educators in an area where it is needed the most. The peach state will receive a $34.6 million grant from the NSF to train math and science teachers, two subjects that show lower test scores throughout Georgia. This money will not only go to seven public universities, but all public K-12 schools. That means more money for the more needy subjects.

Technology is constantly changing and as a teacher, you have to keep up with the times.

"The power points and the microscopes you can hook up to a camera and all the new technology. You've got to be trained in it, some of it's so complicated," says Dean Farrell.

Math and science programs are at the top of the constantly changing list, and for years Georgia students have shown poor performance in these subjects, so the National Science Foundation has chosen to award Georgia schools $34.6 million to get their teachers up to date.

"We want our kids to achieve higher at the high school and college levels, and this money will help us do that in providing different opportunities and ways to train our teachers," says Dana Rollins.

This math and science partnership is a provision of the No Child Left Behind act. More than $216 million will be given out nationwide.

A representative for NSF said portions of the grant are still being finalized. They hope to get this money out as soon as possible. It will be left up to each individual school how teachers will be trained. Whether they want to have seminars or computer software, the NSF rep says me it could be different in each district.


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