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'Reading First Funds Headed for Extinction

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By Kathleen Kennedy Manzo and Alyson Klein

Many educators and researchers thought that reports of the positive effects of Reading First would prove the program worth continuing, administrative problems aside. So the decision last month by House and Senate panels to eliminate its funding in the fiscal 2009 budget—a move likely to doom the program unless intervening action restores it—came as a blow to proponents. . . .

Timothy Shanahan, a reading researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago who has worked as a consultant to the Reading First program in several states, called the program “politically toxic.”

"Reading First is dead," he writes on his blog, www.shanahanonliteracy.com. "It could have withstood the corruption described in the inspector general’s report or the interim impact study—but not both!" . . . .

— Kathleen Kennedy Manzo and Alyson Klein
Education Week


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