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Nation falling behind in math and science education

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A new state by state report says the state of education in this country, especially in math and science, is in sorry shape.  A coalition of 110 of the nation's top CEO's from companies like Intel, Caterpillar and State Farm are behind the report.

They say the data shows our kids falling far behind other countries, so they're pushing for higher standards in math, science and technology education.

"We're basically lying to parents and their kids- saying that everything is ok when there are data that suggest everything is not ok," Craig Barrett, former CEO of Intel said.

Craig Barrett, retired CEO of Intel sees an education crisis.  He's joined with corporate leaders from around the country to push for higher education standards especially in math and science and better training for those teachers.

"Today the probability if you're in elementary or high school of getting a math teacher who knows math is only 60 or 70- percent," Barrett said.

The national assessment of educational programs recently found only 33 percent of eighth graders are proficient or advanced in math.  Iowa's number is just one percentile higher, 34 percent proficient or advanced in math.

"This country will not be competitive in a global economy if we continue to fall behind," Chancellor Merryl Tisch, New York State Board of Regents said.

With the budget battle in Washington, D.C. just getting started, some of the nations brightest minds say the war in the classrooms is right now, being lost.

According to the coalition of CEO's the U.S. faces a shortage of 3 million college educated workers by 2018.

Click here to find out statistics for Iowa and other states.

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