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A New Publication from the National Instiute for Literacy

Your tax dollars at work.

Catalyst is a new publication, published quarterly, coming from the National Institute for Literacy, shipped out by US Dept of Education. In this premier issue, it informs the readers "Catalyst contains news, information, and features about the programs and services of the National Institute for Literacy. Catalyst is published for the Institute's constituents."

Who do you suppose those might those constituents be?

Sandra L. Baxter is listed as publisher. She is also he Director of the National Institute for Literacy. Sandra L. Baxter is author of Safe And Drug-free Schools: Balancing Accountability With State And Local Flexibility a 57-page book published by Diane Publishing Company and selling for $20. The Diane Publishing Company reprints a wide variety of government publications

On Aug. 12, 2005, the Secretaries of the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services appointed Dr. Sandra L. Baxter as director of the National Institute for Literacy, a federal organization that addresses literacy across the lifespan and across federal agency programs. The Secretaries made the appointment at the recommendation of the Institute̢۪s Advisory Board. The Board, chaired by M. Carmel Borders of Austin, Texas, consists of ten members appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Note for conspiracy theorists:

  • M. Carmel Borders was appointed by Governor George W. Bush to the Texas state department of education fill the remainder of James E. Nelson’s term.

  • Dr. Baxter has been serving as the Institute's Interim Director since October 2001. She was hired in January 1999 after the Institute received new responsibilities under the Reading Excellence Act to disseminate information on reading research. Working
    closely with Dr. G. Reid Lyon, formerly Chief of the Child Development and Behavior
    Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), she created The Partnership for Reading, an interagency collaboration directed by the Institute, to ensure that the federal government speaks with one voice on reading research

  • B. Denise Hawkins, a newly appointed Institute staff member, is the author of
    Condoleezza Rice: A Woman of Faith
    , "On the frontline of the HIV/AIDS epidemic: with infection rates still escalating among African Americans, researchers, scholars and activists wonder if the battle is a losing one," and "Trusting God at 90 Miles an Hour." Hawkins' articles appear in such publications as Preachers Kids International, Christian Reader, Today's Christian, and Connection: The Good News Magazine.

  • Catalyst is available online here

    — Susan Ohanian


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