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Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) says he will introduce legislation that calls for providing free college tuition for math and science majors. The bill, the Education Competitiveness Act, is a $25 billion education incentives package that also provides help for rural teachers and more money for pre-kindergarten programs. Baucus says the goal is to better prepare children for school and to get more children into college, ultimately to make the United States more competitive, particularly with countries such as China and India. "I think the challenge is fierce, and I think we have a real obligation to go the extra mile and redo things a bit differently, so we leave this place in better shape than we found it," Baucus says. The first provision would offer a full scholarship to any high school graduate majoring in math, engineering, science, or technology at any university, but students would be required to work or teach in a related field for at least four years after graduation. The bill would also create 25,000 merit-based scholarships for teaching students in the same fields, with the same requirement that graduates must teach the subject for at least four years. The legislation would also create grants to help states supplement teacher wages in often underserved rural areas, and to establish and expand pre-kindergarten programs.

Kudos to the Senator for addressing this problem in the United States. I'm not sure how many friends the Senator has in the Senate as far as support for this bill and if there is any money to support it.

I like the fact that the student who does get this scholarship has to work or teach in a related field after four years of graduation. I'm not sure what the penalty will be if they don't do this and how is anyone going to find out.

This is a win/win proposition and if you are in support of this then you should write your local senator to voice your support.

Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 2:52 PM | Back to top

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