Rewarding the Best

US President Barack Obama has announced a new program to reward the best elementary and secondary school science and math teachers with a $20,000 salary bonus, reports ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis. The new program, named the Master Teachers Corps, would require "elite" STEM teachers to mentor other teachers and work with different organizations to improve math and science education, Mervis says.

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