To help increase the pool of highly qualified teachers in rural school systems, particularly in the hard-to-fill disciplines of math and science, the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $3 million grant to Western Governors University (WGU), an online school. WGU says it will use the money to develop a new model for web-based teacher education that can be implemented on a national scale.

"America's economy is increasingly knowledge-based, and our future success depends on today's students excelling academically, especially in math and science," said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "With this $3...

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