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Students will spend more time on literacy and math in the classroom and less time writing standardized tests under the province's new plan for education.

The action plan also calls for a stronger system of evaluating teachers and asks the auditor general to investigate the efficiency of school boards.

The changes were announced Thursday as Education Minister Karen Casey delivered her response to the report of the Minister's Panel on Education.

David Smith, NSFHSA Board Member, has been recognized by Nourish Nova Scotia. Read the letter below:
Lt-Govenor-PhotoThe Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations is proud to confirm that the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia , the Honourable John James Grant CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd), has confirmed his attendance to be part of our Annual Conference and will be brining greetings on behalf of Nova Scotia. We are very proud to have the Lieutenant Governor be part of our event and knowing he is a strong supporter of education in Nova Scotia demonstrates that he as our Queen's representative also sees the importance to improve education everywhere.

John James Grant was installed as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia on April 12, 2012.

Born in New Glasgow, His Honour holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University and is also a Registered Industrial Accountant.

In addition to an active business life as co-owner of J.J. Grant Ltd Castle Building Centre, His Honour was a long serving member of Her Majesty's Canadian Forces. Rising to the rank of Brigadier-General, His Honour served in his final position as Commander of Atlantic Militia Area.

In 1979, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Military Merit and was subsequently promoted to Commander of the Order. Following his retirement from the Canadian Forces he went on to serve as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of both the 1st Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North) and the 2nd Battalion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (Cape Breton).

The NSFHSA has discussed on many occasion changing their logo and updating their website.

As you can see the time has come and a new logo has been born. The logo was the collective efforts of Deborah Couzens (secretary) and myself, Cambee Dorrington. Our Board was more than supportive and offered valuable input to come up with the final product.

Let me tell you a bit about the history/meaning of our new log. The structure in the background represents a home or a school a safe place for not only the children but their families, the two Ss in NSFHSA represent the roads that lead to our homes and schools... the paths we take or lead our children down are very important. The people walking the path represent parents/guardians, educators or anyone that has input in our children's education.