Presidential Town Meeting
on Education Standards

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Mr. President, I'm Janet Dudley Esbhbach, President of Fairmont State College in Fairmont, West Virginia with a branch here in Clarksburg. We are very excited about the America Reads Challenge program and want to be involved. However, it presents a little bit of a problem for some college presidents to devote 50 percent of their work-study dollars to this program. We want to participate; we have said we would participate. But would you be open to the idea that there might be other mechanisms in which we could participate or by which we could participate?

For example, we have a very successful community service learning program through which our students volunteer and earn college credit. It would seem to me that we could perhaps -- and this is as much to the Secretary as to yourself -- perhaps in that same way through volunteerism and college credit, participate and achieve the same ends that you are seeking through America Reads.

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