Feedback on Textbooks

County school officials are inviting public comment on proposed English literature textbooks for grades nine through 12 and proposed science textbooks for grades six through eight.

The books can be viewed at eight library branches: Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germaine Dr.; Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Rd.; Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax; George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Tpk., Annandale; Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke; Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr.; Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane in the Alexandria area; and Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), in the Falls Church area.

Residents will be asked to complete a comment sheet, which will be forwarded to the School Board before it votes on the books Dec. 15.

If they are approved, the books will be used during the 2006-07 school year.

For more information about the English books, call 703-846-8681 or send an e-mail to pat.fege@fcps.edu.

For information about the science books, call 703-846-8643 or send an e-mail to Linda.chin@fcps.edu.

Special-Ed Forum

A forum that gives special-education students an opportunity to learn about college and career options will be held Nov. 19 at George Mason University.

The forum, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will include 27 presentations and a keynote address by Temple Grandin, who is autistic.

For more information, visit www.VACollegequest.org.

Online Classes

The Fairfax County school system's Office of Adult and Community Education is offering 25 online classes this fall involving career development and life enrichment.

Classes include paralegal training, Internet marketing, customer relationship management, digital design and songwriting.

Officials said online classes allow students to choose the time and place to study an area of interest.

For more information, call 703-227-2208 or visit www.fcps.edu/adult.htm.

Teaching Channel

Television programming now airing on Fairfax County Public Schools Channel 11 will move to Red Apple Channel 21 and Community Classroom 25 beginning Oct. 29.

The move will be completed by Nov. 1.

The public will no longer be able to view Channel 11, which will be renamed the Teaching Channel.

As a closed channel, the Teaching Channel temporarily will replace the school system's closed Channels 13, 39 and 42, which provide material to teachers for classroom use.

As part of the franchise agreement between Fairfax County and Cox Communications, money is being given to build an institutional network called I-Net that will provide the closed television system for county schools.

The Teaching Channel will carry electronic classroom courses, offer administrative exchanges and supplemental programming and provide in-class video instruction while the network is being developed, school officials said.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY AND STEPHEN C. FEHR