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VSSE Senior Fellow Alis Headlam's recent op ed piece has drawn a response from McGraw-Hill.

McGraw-Hill has broad offerings

December 5, 2006

Alis Headlam's op-ed on Nov. 16 talks about the tornado effect of Reading First and that due to "a direct line to the White House" some publishers such as McGraw-Hill Education "thrive" while others such as the Wright Group are systematically "blown out of the market." Ms. Headlam apparently did not know that the Wright Group is also a part of McGraw-Hill Education. Even though she implies the Reading First panel's actions were politically motivated, there is no reason to believe that. On the contrary, these actions were driven by a long-standing, well-documented philosophical debate within the education community on how best to teach reading.

The Department of Education inspector general's recent report cited by Ms. Headlam identified two of McGraw-Hill's scientifically based reading programs as being among the department's preferred programs. This creates the impression that we only benefited from the department's actions. In fact, several reading programs offered by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, another part of McGraw-Hill Education, as well as reading programs offered by Wright Group/McGraw-Hill, received few if any Reading First disbursements.

Our philosophy has always been that teachers teach and students learn differently, and that is why we offer the broadest range of reading programs. Educators have very high regard for all of our programs because of their long record of success in driving student achievement. Our company, founded more than 118 years ago, continues to thrive today because our work and our integrity have both withstood the test of time.

MARY SKAFIDAS

(Communications and marketing,
McGraw-Hill Education)
New York, N.Y.

— Mary Skafidas
Rutland Herald
2006-12-05
http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061205/NEWS/612050304/1037/OPINION02


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