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Commissioners Asked To Help Tourism
By Carole M. Canfield

The Susquehanna County Tourism Committee approached The Susquehanna County Commissioners to reconsider their previous decision on the 2008 grant application so that The Tourism Committee could continue its positive work for tourism in the county.

According to committee representative Eleanor Lempke, spokeswoman for the group, the grant for their 2008 operating budget is vital to attracting tourism to Susquehanna County.

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Parental Policy Problems At MVSD
By Melinda Darrow

What is flexible grouping? The concept was one topic of extensive discussion at the March 24 Mountain View public school board meeting. It came up when a parent complained to the board and administration about her child having been changed to a different reading group without her knowledge, at this late point in the school year. Elementary Principal Mrs. Pipitone apologized if the mother was not notified, but explained that the change would have occurred due to the elementary school's policy of employing flexible grouping for reading and math. This practice involves the ability for a child to be moved from one class to another, based on his or her mastery or difficulty with particular subjects. The change can occur throughout the year, based on assessments and educator meetings. If the child has difficulty doing fractions, for example, he might be moved to another group which addresses the concept more slowly while the rest of the class moves on. Should he master this concept and excel in another he may be moved back. Mr. Griffiths questioned the practice, asking what was the difference between flexible grouping and student profiling. He stated that he feared potential damage from a child's being moved from a high group to a low group. Someone countered this by arguing that if a child was always the lowest student in a high group he might find it difficult to move on. It was stated that this practice dealt not with a child's intelligence, but with his or her ability to master certain subjects, and that some children learned particular subjects in different ways – thus the simple move to a different educator could allow him to understand. A mother present vouched for the program, that it had helped her child. Mr. Griffiths maintained that he could see the other side of the argument, but still did not agree with the practice.

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