President Obama announced this week plans to create a national science, technology, engineering and math teaching corps – pending a $1 billion commitment from Congress.
The STEM Master Teacher Corps, as it would be called, would begin with 50 teachers and expand to 10,000 in four years.
Teachers selected for the Master Teacher Corps would be paid an additional $20,000 a year and must commit to participate multiple years.
The goal is to create an expanding impact in which expert educators share their knowledge and skills with other teachers, improving the quality of education for all students.
“If America is going to compete for the jobs and industries of tomorrow, we need to make sure our children are getting the best education possible,” President Obama said in a statement.
The president proposes to give $100 million of the existing Teacher Incentive Fund to school districts to develop plans to “identify, develop and leverage highly effective STEM teachers,” the statement said.
STEM Master Teacher Corps would be located at 50 sites around the country. Obama says he wants to prepare 100,000 more STEM teachers in the next decade.
The administration will make $100 million available immediately out of an existing fund to support top-performing teachers. Over the longer term, the White House plans to launch the program with $1 billion included in Obama’s budget request for fiscal year 2013.
Democrats tried to secure funding for a similar program last year, but the proposal didn’t reach either the House or Senate floors.