If Sen. Lamar Alexander, R.-Tenn., a former U.S. education secretary, gets his way, President Bush will make science and technology education and research highlights of his annual State of the Union address later this month.

America's future depends on "brain power," Alexander pointed out in promoting an ambitious, $10 billion annual boost in government spending on science and technology education and research.

Alexander met with President Bush just before Christmas to urge him to focus on math, science, and technology in his State of the Union address--and for his remaining


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