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Obama Unveils Corps to Recognize Top Math, Science Teachers

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Wednesday is announcing a plan to create a “Master Teacher Corps” to recognize outstanding math and science teachers and incentivize educators to enter the field.

“If America is going to compete for the jobs and industries of tomorrow, we need to make sure our children are getting the best education possible.  Teachers matter, and great teachers deserve our support,” Obama said in a written statement.

The president hopes to use $1 billion from his 2013 budget request -- currently before Congress -- to gather the best and brightest math and science teachers from across the country.  The corps would start with 50 teachers and expand over four years to include 10,000 “Master Teachers.”

Members of the corps would be chosen through a competitive process and, in exchange for their expertise and service, would receive a stipend of up to $20,000 on top of their regular salaries.

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