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School Chiefs Urge Cash Lure for Math and Science Teachers

School superintendents in Massachusetts are teaming up to lobby for cash incentives to attract math and science teachers. In a letter to be distributed to lawmakers and the newly elected governor, 48 superintendents (representing about one-fifth of the state’s school districts) ask policymakers to press the issue with teachers unions. Their written statement suggests higher pay for math and science teachers who act as mentors or take on other duties. It also mentions merit pay and higher starting salaries as possibilities.

To read the complete Boston Globe article, visit http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2006/11/13/school_chiefs_urge_cash_lure_for_math_and_science_teachers.

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Spinning Black Hole is Fastest on Record

A new analysis suggests that a black hole has been found to be spinning faster than ever before. The finding supports the idea that only fast–spinning stars can collapse to create powerful explosions called long gamma–ray bursts. To read more about it, visit http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn10611-spinning-black-hole-is-fastest-on-record.html.

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Santa Science

It’s that time of year again—for science educators to hotly debate how on Earth the man in the red suit accomplishes his feats every Christmas. To read the classic interpretation, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_11_27_santa.htm.

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NSTA’s Exemplary Science Programs in Salt Lake City

NSTA’s Salt Lake City Area Conference set for December 7–9 will feature two sessions for science educators interested in learning about the association’s Exemplary Science Program (ESP). To read the WebNews Digest story, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=52932.

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Get Your Budget and Substitute Request in Early for St. Louis!

Did you know that we post information on our conferences to the Personal Scheduler BEFORE we open registration? Often this takes place approximately10-14 days before registration opens. That’s more time to get your substitute and budget requests in! So what is the Conference Personal Scheduler? The Conference Personal Scheduler is a worksheet that allows you to present your proposed professional development itinerary to request funding support. Use it as a calendar to organize your conference experience to get the most from your participation when you're with us in St. Louis, Missouri, March 29-April 1, 2007...it's easy!

Once you've logged on to begin your Schedule, it remains saved so you can return at any time to view, change, or print it. The Scheduler is not linked to the actual Conference registration process, so it is continually flexible, changeable, and nonbinding.

To get an email notification when the Conference Personal Scheduler for St. Louis is open, click here: http://science.nsta.org/vipresponse. We will also send you a notice once registration opens so that you can put your plan in action!

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And Don't Forget…

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