A new program to create more schools focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education will prepare Ohio students to better compete in a global marketplace, state officials said Jan. 30.

The Ohio STEM Learning Network—a nonprofit initiative that will oversee the program—will begin with the creation of five math and science schools in different regions of the state by 2009.

Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, and state lawmakers announced the program at Metro High School, a science and math school that opened in 2006 on the campus of Ohio State University. The new program will be...

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