School briefs

January 02, 2006

Student exchange program looking for host families

FREDERICK, Md. - The World Heritage Student Exchange program, a nonprofit group, is looking for host families.

High school boys and girls from Spain, France, Germany, Thailand, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, Denmark and Italy will stay with host families.

Families provide room, board and guidance.

Exchange students will arrive shortly before school begins next fall.

World Heritage students are fully insured and bring their own money. They also expect to share in the household responsibilities and activities.

For more information, call Carrie Cipperly in Frederick, Md., at 301-662-3688 or the World Heritage office at 1-800-888-9040.

Greencastle-Antrim teacher receives development award

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Marci Stover, an English teacher at Greencastle-Antrim High School, has received a National Council of Teachers of English Leadership Development Award.


She was nominated by her department chair, Martina Fegan, who went with Stover to an NCTE convention in Pittsburgh.

For a leadership project, Stover will serve as the state coordinator of the Promising Young Writers' Program and participate in the annual Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts conference in Harrisburg, Pa., in October 2006.

Public, education officials share goal for legislative session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's public and higher education officials share a common goal for this year's legislative session - obtain millions of dollars more for their programs.

"Our No. 1 goal is to restore budget cuts, and No. 2 is financial aid," said Dennis Taylor, vice chancellor for administration with the Higher Education Policy Commission.

That would require lawmakers to provide an additional $82 million to the commission's budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. This year's commission budget is $390 million.

Part of the additional money would go toward salaries and campus projects, Taylor said.

The state Board of Education would like an additional $2 million. Public education currently receives about $1.6 billion, about 50 percent of the state's $3.26 billion budget.

A board priority would be to fund its 21st-century skills initiative, while continuing to emphasize math, science and reading skills, and teacher development.

Earlier this month, the Washington, D.C.-based Thomas B. Fordham Foundation noted that West Virginia's efforts to strengthen science standards in elementary and high schools lifted the state from among the worst in the nation to one of the most improved. The state received a "B" on the foundation's latest report, compared to an "F" in 2000.

The 2006, 60-day session begins Jan. 11.

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