High Expectations

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President Bush spoke clearly about his expectations for education in the US.
"I propose to train 70,000 high school teachers, to lead advanced-placement courses in math and science bring 30,000 math and science professionals to teach in classrooms and give early help to students who struggle with math, so they have a better chance at good, high-wage jobs. If we ensure that America's children succeed in life, they will ensure that America succeeds in the world."

President Bush proposed to commit 5.9 billion dollars next year and more than 136 billion dollars over the next ten years in federal support for research and development in math and science.
According to The Nation's Report Card, 47-percent of Nevada students are at or above basic understanding in math.
Recently high school seniors across the country scored lower than the international average for 21 countries in general math and science.

Paul Dugan, the Superintendent of the Washoe County School District, says they understand the need.
"It's a global economy and we hear that a lot. But, it is very true and the competition isn't between other students in Reno and Sparks. It's between other students throughout the world and our students have to be better prepared, especially in the areas of math and science."

That's why, according to Dugan, the school board set new curriculum set to go in place next school year.
"The school board, a little over a year ago, adopted the gateway curriculum which we'll be the only county in Nevada that will be required enrolled freshman next year to enroll in four years of math and three years of science. We believe it's very important."

The President says the country is making some progress, especially with younger students.
He says the credit is due to the No Child Left Behind Act.
Lynn Warne, with the Washoe Educators Association, says not all local educators agree this federal and state law is providing a positive learning environment.
"When you're held to such strict guidelines as you are with what No Child Left Behind imposes. It's tough... it's unrealistic. It's tough for the kids, tough for the teachers. Morale is at about the lowest I've ever seen it."