Minnesota’s latest efforts to bring its students up to speed in science and math are putting a sharper focus on teaching, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. State Department of Education officials on May 28 announced the opening of nine regional centers where teams of teachers from throughout the state will be schooled in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. Teachers then will take the knowledge and teaching strategies they pick up at these Math and Science Teacher Academy regional centers back to the classroom. The academy, proposed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and funded by the 2007 Legislature and a grant from the National Governors Association, will have branches in existing buildings in such locations as Plymouth, Fergus Falls, Staples, Rochester, Marshall, and St. Cloud. Training begins this summer…

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