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Student Emani Spencer with Scott Weiler, her MESA teacher at Tucson's Amphi Middle School

Many of us have heard about the statistics which say that America's college students are falling behind in math and science achievement, some of the most sought-after educations in the modern economy. If students are coming up short by the time they reach college, how does a more in-depth exploration of math and science fit into a current middle school curriculum?

The answer is it often doesn't and that's why a program like the one at Tucson's Amphi Middle School called MESA is blazing some new ground. Next, we'll find out more about how the program works, from enthusiastic learner Emani Spencer and her MESA teacher, Scott Weiler...