02.09.06

Senator Burr Highlights Contributions of North Carolina’s HBCUs and Business Community to Competitiveness

Burr announces Secretary Spellings visit to North Carolina next week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Richard Burr today discussed President Bush's American Competitiveness Initiative with U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings at the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearing. Senator Burr emphasized Historically Black Colleges and Universities' (HBCUs) contributions to the math, science, and engineering fields. He commended North Carolina A&T State University for being the nation's leading producer of African American engineers. In addition, he emphasized the importance of private and public partnerships emphasizing math and science skills such as IBM's pilot program in North Carolina, "Transition to Teaching."

"A strong background in math and science is essential for America's young people to compete in a global economy," Senator Burr said. "I am proud of North Carolina's HBCUs and businesses for making a concerted effort to ensure that our students are receiving the best education, and I am pleased President Bush is emphasizing the importance of math and science education through his new initiative."

The American Competitiveness Initiative commits $5.9 billion in FY 2007 to increase investments in research and development, strengthen math and science education, and encourage entrepreneurship. U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings will travel with Senator Burr to Greensboro, North Carolina on Friday, February 17, 2006, to visit North Carolina A & T State University.

For more information go to https://www.burr.senate.gov

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