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GOVERNMENT COURSE CHANGES WILL AFFECT SECONDARY EDUCATION

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Other stated goals of particular interest to secondary educators include: * Making Math and Science Education a National Priority by recruiting math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession * Addressing the dropout problem by funding intervention strategies for middle school, such as personal academic plans, teaching teams, parent involvement, mentoring, intensive reading and math instruction, and extended learning time. * Supporting outreach programs like GEAR UP, TRIO and Upward Bound to encourage more young people from low-income families to consider and prepare for college. * Supporting a national "Make College A Reality" initiative to increase students taking AP or college-level classes nationwide 50 percent by 2016, and to provide grants for students seeking college level credit at community colleges if their school does not provide those resources. * Secondary schools would also be affected by plans to make college much more available to low-income students. The vote came on an amendment in the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 that would have continued a program that provides federal funds for private and religious school vouchers.

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