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[Susan notes: The Herald ommitted a paragraph from Gerald Bracey's letter. Here's the letter as he wrote it.]

Published in Boston Herald

To the editor

In his opinion article, Edwar Moscovitch states that Reading First technical assistance directors were receiving royalties "for books published before they worked for Reading First or for books not connected to Reading First." This is not true. Senator Kennedy's investigation into the matter shows that three such directors received huge sums for consulting or for "non-employee compensation. " Between 2003 and 2006, Reading First technical assistance director, Edward Kame'enui received $752,068, Douglas Carnine received $796,545, and Sharon Vaughn raked in $836,420. None of this money was for royalties of any kind. Only Kame'enui received royalties and these were relatively paltry sums for college-level textbooks.

Kame'enui's contract with Scott Foresman during this period stated that he "will provide a minimum of six (6) workshops or presentations per year" and that "during the calendar years 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, Author [Kame'enui] will make a minimum of six (6) personal presentation per year in support of Scott Foresman Early Reading Intervention. ..."

Moscovitch claims that Senator Kennedy supports Reading First. He does not. On May 1, 2008, Kennedy was quoted in connection with Reading First saying the Bush administration "has put cronyism first and the reading skills of our children last and this report shows the disturbing consequence." ""This report" was a report from the U. S. Department of Education saying that after spending $6 billion, children in Reading First didn't comprehend material any better than a matched group that did not take part in Reading First.

Moscovitch should be ashamed of spreading such disinformation as contained in his article. The U. S. Department of Education's own study found no impact of Reading First on reading comprehension. Given the largesse of the program to people who had huge conflicts of interest and the lack of improvement, it is little wonder that both the House and Senate appropriations committees voted to defund Reading First.

Gerald Bracey

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