Mount Union and Alliance City Schools Receive $200,000 Appropriation
February 27, 2003
Mount Union College will be receiving $200,000 in federal funding for two collaborative education projects with the Alliance City Schools, according to U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula.
The two projects were submitted to further advance the partnerships established by the College and the city schools, according to Dr. Jack Ewing, president of Mount Union College. " This partnership is one example of two institutions pulling together to support important improvements in the lives of children growing up in Alliance," Ewing said. "We are grateful to Congressman Regula for sharing our vision and helping appropriate the required funds."
Art Garnes, superintendent of Alliance City Schools, noted the importance of partnering with the College. "We are pleased to have received this appropriation," Garnes said. "These two projects will have a mutually beneficial effect on our teachers and students and will further extend partnering opportunities with college students and faculty."
According to Regula, the bill has been approved by Congress and signed into law by President Bush.
"The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education which I chair is responsible for providing our nation's federal funding for education programs," Regula stated. "As we implement the No Child Left Behind Act, we are more aware than ever of how vital a good teacher is in every classroom and how important it is for children to have a strong foundation before entering school. The two partnership programs that Mount Union College and the Alliance City Schools are undertaking are excellent examples of how the community can work together for its children to achieve these goals. I am pleased to have included funding for them in the fiscal year 2003 appropriations bill."
Both programs require a considerable amount of partnering. The Master Teaching Program will be an exchange program between Mount Union College and the Alliance City Schools. In this program, an experienced city schools' teacher will be chosen to join the faculty of the College for one year and in exchange, a graduate from the College's most recent class will be chosen as an outstanding entry-level teacher and placed within the school system. The Master Teacher, as a one-year faculty member, will share expertise in the latest in classroom instruction and management with College faculty and students. In turn, the Outstanding Entry Level Teacher will benefit from support and mentoring from veteran school teachers while carrying out regular teaching duties.
The second program will be the development of an exemplary early childhood education center that will provide preschool education and teacher education, day care services that will include training, and developmental kindergarten and post-secondary mentoring. By combining resources already in place such as the city schools' accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children with the College's inclusive early childhood education program, there is great potential for the center to make a positive impact in the lives of community members.