At Ed Summit’s Close, President Clinton Speaks with Brian Williams about Initiative to Tackle Nation’s Need for 100,000 Math and Science Teacher in 10 Years

Former President Bill Clinton in an interview with Brian Williams at the conclusion of NBC News’ 2011 “Education Nation” Summit focused his opening remarks on a new initiative known as 100Kin10 to recruit, develop, and retain 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers for public schools over the coming 10 years. 

100Kin10 is led by Carnegie Corporation of New York and Opportunity Equation.  

President Clinton said, “Carnegie Corporation of New York with about 20 different partners from individual schools—like the KIPP school in Houston to the school district in Los Angeles and school districts all over America –- to corporations, put together about $20 million to start with to try to help meet the goal that the President [Obama] says we should meet: we need 100,000 more teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—the STEM fields.” 

The President continued, “They [Carnegie Corporation] believe that they will be able to recruit, train and support 20,000 of that 100,000.  So it will meet 20 percent of the nation’s goals from this single commitment, if we get it done.” 

“I am excited about it.  It’s really important because we know that we don’t have enough teachers in these fields both in secondary and four-year schools and in technical training programs.” 

More than 80 partners – from NASA and Google to the New York City Department of Education, Stanford University, and Teach for America–have joined 100Kin10, whose partners are unified by a single, ambitious goal: to prepare all students with the high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) knowledge and skills needed to address the most pressing national and global challenges of tomorrow.  

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