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Wisconsin Receives No Child Left Behind Reading First Grant as State Superintendent Calls Reading the "Fundamental Skill Separating the Children who are Succeeding from those who are not."
The U.S. Department of Education announced yesterday the approval of a No Child Left Behind Reading First grant for the State of Wisconsin. Following are excerpts from coverage of the announcement:

"Wisconsin will receive $11.1 million for the coming year, with an anticipation of receiving $74.5 million over six years. About $9 million of the first-year money will be used to support reading programs in 50 to 60 schools around the state that have high numbers of low-income students and students who are not reading proficiently at the third- and fourth-grade levels."—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"The money also will be used to provide professional training opportunities for reading teachers across the state and for other programs. 'We will really work to make sure we truly leave no child behind,' state schools superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster said at the ceremony at Goodland Elementary School."—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Wisconsin will receive $11.1 million from the federal Reading First program in the next school year under a grant announced Monday. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Elizabeth Burmaster said the grant will provide money for 50 to 60 Wisconsin schools. Reading First is a component of the No Child Left Behind Act, a bipartisan law aimed at improving education. It seeks to raise the caliber and quality of classroom instruction, base instruction on scientifically proven methods, provide professional training for educators in reading instruction and supply resources to support the initiative. 'We recognize that reading is the fundamental skill separating the children who are succeeding from those who are not,' Burmaster said."—Associated Press


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