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First Class: Excellence in Public Schools

2010 (42:38 mins) Island Topics #72 Education

A good education is as important today as ever before. Even so, some of our public elementary schools seem to be losing ground in the race to provide a suitable education for young Micronesians. In the struggle for sound schooling, we may be able to learn something from the past. In this video people single out exceptionally good schools and point out why they worked so well. The answer is not found in the usual measurable factors like accredited teachers, good textbooks, and Internet access, but in the competence and dedication of the principal and the strength of community support for its school.


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Prince(posted on September 05)

I wish to confirm subliminal's view that FAFSA never left the FSM. It's still here and we still can apply for it. The only thing taken away is the work-study program. Otherwise, Pell Grant and others are alive and kicking. Don't be misled.

wot-sri(posted on September 05)

the latest on the Pacific Islands Fullbright Scholarship Act Fund of 2007 (originally bill as hr212, us congress)---if bill passes, may open up another avenue to persue higher education. Congressman Eni Faleomavaega Government of American Samoa Washington, D.C. July 31, 2007 U.S. LAWMAKERS OK PACIFIC ISLAND RESOLUTION Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that the Committee on Foreign Affairs passed by unanimous consent H.R. 3062, the Pacific Island Economic and Educational Development Act of 2007. Faleomavaega introduced the bill in three parts as a result of his work with the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders (PICL) and in consultation with Dr. Charles E. Morrison, President of the East-West Center in Honolulu. At today’s mark-up, Faleomavaega introduced an amendment in the nature of a substitute which rolls three bills into one, providing US$1 million for each of fiscal years 2008 and 2009 for exchanges with Pacific Island countries carried out under the educational and cultural exchange programs of the Department of State. This is a continuation of the U.S.-South Pacific (USSP) Scholarship Program in the Pacific Islands Development Program at the East-West Center, which has been funded in recent years at $500,000 per hear. The first grant was received by the East-West Center in 1994. H.R. 3062 also authorizes the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), upon the request by the government of a Pacific Island country, to provide government technical and other assistance. Finally, the bill establishes a program with the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Educational Exchange Program to make awards to students from Pacific Island countries to permit such students to study in the U.S. pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Exchange Program. Pacific Island countries, for the sake of this bill, are defined as the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Independent State of Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Kiribati, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu. "I want to thank Chairman Tom Lantos and Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for their support of this bill, and also the Members of the Committee who voted unanimously to move this bill forward. The bill will now be considered on the House Floor in the near future, and I am hopeful that the Senate will also take up the bill so we can get this legislation signed into law. Although we still have a ways to go before these measures can become law, I am pleased by today’s outcome and I, again, thank my colleagues for their support," Faleomavaega concluded.

subliminal(posted on September 05)

You welcome.

paulhadik(posted on September 05)

sub: we have been hearing that FSMers no longer qualify for work-study, you are saying that is not true? thanks for your help


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