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Guam's educational leadership a plus

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Some of the findings included for health in the Calvo Administration's transition subcommittee notes that Guam is fortunate at this time in terms of educational leadership.  The report details the state of the Guam Community College, the University of Guam, the Department of Education, the Guam Public Library System, and PBS Guam.

The 54-page document points out the challenges including inadequate revenues not being issued in a timely manner, a slow and inconsistent procurement process, a need for more communication with the feds regarding the military buildup, concerns about the role of school boards, recruitment and retention, and lack of funds resulting in federal and local mandates not being followed.

The report recommends for the short term that the three main education agencies work together to enhance learning in our schools, a buildup dividend fund be created to gain revenue from the marine relocation, a workforce one-stop center be established, an investment be made in information technology, early childhood education be strengthened, and there be an integrated approach to cultural recognition and support.

In the long term, it states that careers will be pushed in the classroom, more educational participation, a new community learning center network be created, distance education be encouraged and that there be sustainability in the curriculum.

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