High school science teachers returning to the college lab. College professors getting tips on training math teachers from the teachers themselves. School districts and universities sharing science equipment.

More of that kind of cooperation between higher education and K-12 schools would enhance science, math, and technology instruction for America's schoolchildren, according to a report issued Aug. 16 in Washington, D.C., by the National Research Council.

The report, titled "Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology: New Practices for the New Millennium," comes amid mounting pressure to improve education by stiffening

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