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NEWS EDUCATION EDITOR CHOSEN FOR REVIEW PANEL

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Deseret News Education Editor Twila Van Leer has been chosen to serve on a national review panel that will select outstanding elementary schools for recognition by the U.S. Department of Education.

The department's Elementary School Recognition Program honors public and private elementary schools that are unusually effective in educating their students with the resources available.The review panel recommends exemplary schools, based on nominations and on-site visits, to the U.S. education secretary.

Approximately 100 educators and others serve on the panel subcommittees. As part of their work, panelists travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with senior staff at the education department and others on the national education scene.

Van Leer has been a journalist for more than 30 years, working at the Deseret News and the Great Falls, Mont., Tribune.

She has covered the education beat for the past two years, and was honored earlier this year with a reporting award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

During her long career, she has won numerous local, regional and national awards for writing. In 1983, Van Leer received the national Howard Blakeslee Award for stories on the implantation of the first permanent artificial heart in Dr. Barney Clark.