The call for better math, science, and technology education in U.S. schools intensified last week with the announcement of two new initiatives--one from the private sector, one from the federal government--aimed at bolstering instruction in these areas.

International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., worried the United States is losing its competitive edge, will financially back employees who want to leave the company to become math and science teachers, the company said on Sept. 16. And the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is forming a partnership with TechNet, a group of technology companies, to create workshops for math, science,...

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