Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen on Dec. 11 announced a partnership with the Battelle Memorial Institute to establish a network of math and science programs in Tennessee schools, reports the Associated Press. Bredesen said the program, called the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, will promote the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and math. The program will be similar to Battelle’s partnership in its home state of Ohio, where it has managed a network of school districts, colleges and universities, and private-sector partners. Bredesen said the initiative will be part of Tennessee’s application for a share of the $5 billion in federal "Race to the Top" money. The Race to the Top program offers money to states that find innovative, ambitious ways to implement "coherent, compelling, and comprehensive education reform…"

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