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New Coalition Aims to Increase Number of Math, Engineering Grads

With so many groups to herd, he told the audience that another of the coalition’s priorities is “aligning our interests.” The membership includes not only the chamber and AdvaMed, but also the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and the American Chemistry Council. Stephens did not disclose the coalition’s budget.

“We are intent on finding out what programs work ... bringing those to the table and sharing those with the rest of the coalition members,” he said.

And as an indication of President Barack Obama’s support for federal programs promoting science and mathematics, the administration’s science envoy Tom Kalil was on hand for the campaign’s kickoff event on Friday, telling those in the auditorium that this is a “priority for President Obama” and “you have an open door.”

“This is really going to require an all-hands-on-deck approach,” he said.

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