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Group pushes more federal, state dollars for geography education program

The political push by a group of geographers has managed to unite a bipartisan group of governors that normally don’t agree, the Huffington Post reports. A campaign by the American Association of Geographers to increase dedicated federal funding for geography education has garnered endorsements from at least 13 governors, along with four former secretaries of state, two former defense secretaries and a variety of corporations and nonprofits. Funding for geography education is being touted as an economic necessity by the group, which said that No Child Left Behind made geography one of nine curriculum areas, but did not provide the funding.

“If students are not exposed to spatial thinking in K to 12 education, they will be challenged at some level to use GIS, GPS and other tools; this is a workforce development issue,” John Wertman, AAG’s senior program manager for government relations, told HuffPost…

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