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What's in a Number?

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Science  29 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6004, pp. 581
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6004.581

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Education policy researcher Richard Ingersoll's research does more than just question whether teacher recruitment should be the top priority for improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in the United States (see main text). It also casts doubt on the key number President Barack Obama uses to promote his education policy. How does that number compare to current levels of production? And how far would training 10,000 more STEM teachers a year go toward achieving Obama's goal of making the country No. 1 in math and science education? No one seems to know.