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Bush administration to shift focus to postsecondary education next year

December 10, 2001

In a speech to the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, U.S. Education Secretary Roderick R. Paige said education is a "tool in the war against terrorism" and members should do their part by helping train as many teachers as possible.

Paige also said that the Bush administration will shift its policy-making focus from elementary and secondary education to postsecondary education next year, when Congress begins work on extending the Higher Education Act.

He called for institutions to make a college education accessible to more Americans, to produce more and better-trained teachers and to devote more research work to the study of education. The need for new math and science teachers is particularly acute. The education system will need around 20,000 math and science teachers a year for the next 10 years, according to Paige.

The full article on Paige's speech can be found in the Nov. 13 issue of "The Chronicle of Higher Education."