To prepare Maryland students for the modern economy’s thirst for science, math and technology knowledge, state education leaders Monday discussed a range of options–from expanding internship opportunities for high school students to rewarding colleges financially if they exceed predicted graduation rates, the Gazette reports. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) led the forum on citizens’ skills and education, which was held at Bowie State University. It was the second of five forums in the “Maryland Forward” series that also includes policy discussions on jobs and the economy; sustainability; children and health; and public safety and security. Among the goals discussed were increasing the number of students enrolled in science, technology, engineering and math majors (STEM) by 5,000 students a year, and bridging the gap between the 4,000 Maryland college graduates with STEM degrees and the 6,000 related job openings in Maryland every year…

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