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How to Create a Science Teacher for $200,000

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Science  14 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5451, pp. 215-217
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5451.215

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Armed with Pentagon funding, the National Academy of Sciences and others tried to recruit laid-off defense workers into math and science teaching. Five years later, those ambitious programs are a distant memory. Among the reasons: A recent academy evaluation of one such program, the Defense Reinvestment Initiative, found that only 12 of a projected 60 fellows were trained and just nine were placed in classrooms, resulting in an embarrassingly high cost of nearly $200,000 per teacher.

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