Riley to Host Education Leaders from 18 States

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley meets with education leaders from 18 states at Marshall Space Flight Center Monday to discuss Alabama's success in improving science, technology and mathematics education in schools.

Alabama was selected by the National Governors Association's Center for Best Practices to hold the event because of recent success with its Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative in schools.

The governor selected Marshall for the conference to spotlight high-tech work that requires students to focus on math, science and technology.

Riley last week announced that Alabama had won a grant from the National Math and Science Initiative to increase participation in Advanced Placement courses in math, science and English.

The $13.2 million grant is the largest private grant ever awarded to Alabama public schools, and the state is one of only seven selected to receive grant money from the program.

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