KENNEDY RELEASES REPORT ON READING FIRST INVESTIGATION
Go to the url below and you can download two pdf files of the report.
The 17 page report details abuses in Reading First.
May 9, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C.Ă¢€”Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released a detailed report regarding the conflicts of interest found within the Reading First program. Kennedy has an ongoing investigation into the Reading First program.
Senator Kennedy said, "The findings in this report underscore the need for the Department of Education to ensure that contractors, subcontractors, and consultants are free from conflicts of interest. The goal of the Reading First program is to help students learn to read and gain the skills they need for success and a lifetime of learning. Those implementing this program and other federal education programs must put the interests of students and schools before profits and politics."
The report shows that four of the five Reading First Regional Technical Assistant directors had significant financial ties to education publishers while they held Reading First positions that required them advise and provide technical assistance to States and school districts about which reading programs to chose and how to implement them. The four individuals profiled in this report had substantial conflicts of interest that this report reveals may have improperly influenced their actions while they were under subcontract with the Department of Education.
Attached is the Report; two PDFs, (1) Exhibits 1-22 and (2) Exhibits 23-42, available upon request.
Senator Edward Kennedy
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