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Charlotte Amalie
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Don't Get Distracted

Dear Source:
If these questions were answered, we need to hear the responses again, and if not, then these need to be asked of the education commissioner designee.
To what degree did the literacy in the school districts improve where you were contracted? What steps were implemented to insure the success?
Where does this administration envision the economic needs of the territory to be in 5,10,15,20 years from now? Based on those needs, how will the "vision of education reform" be realized? What is the mission of the department of education? How do you plan to implement such plans and what is the time table for each area?
What do the children of the Virgin Islands need to learn to effectively participate in the economic growth and development of the territory as well as participating globally? What steps have been taken to determine and develop plans and solutions for these areas?
What alternative programs were effective in the school districts where the commissioner designee was contracted?
What plans are in place to develop vocational programs that will meet territorial as well as some global needs?
What are the plans to ensure that there is a safe environment in which our children can learn, our teachers can teach and support staff can provide service?
What are the strengths of the commissioner designee and how will they benefit the Virgin Islands educational system?
What are the immediate, short term and long range goals of the department? How do they plan to achieve those goals?
It is critical that we determine what our children need to learn based on the future growth and development of the territory. Then we need to develop the plans to implement and effectuate the desired results.
A challenge to all the organizations in the Virgin Islands: to participate in "improving literacy of our children in public schools" by adopting a classroom of students, working with them and their teachers to obtain the necessary tools/equipment to improve the literacy of the students. Improving the literacy of the children increases their potential of being a more positive contributor to society.

Stephanie Scott-Williams
St. Thomas

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