A three-tiered training program lets scientists and educators experiment with new ways to improve student performance.

WASHINGTON--A little-known program in the Department of Education that scientists can tap into to help educate youth has seen its funding increase more than 50 percent for this year and is on the White House list for another boost next year. One of the best-kept secrets in science education, the department's Eisenhower Program for Mathematics and Science Education is part of the national effort to make U.S. students first in the world in scientific and mathematics achievement by the year 2000. The program, authorized first as Title II of the 1984 Education for Economic Security Act and renamed after the late president in 1988, provides support this year through a $12 million national competitive grants program. Another $200 million is distributed to states and local school districts according to formulas based on population and...

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