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Connecticut's Effort To Develop Better Readers Among Elementary School Children Gets a Boost
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Connecticut had received a federal Reading First grant as part of the No Child Left Behind Act. The Reading First program provides grants to states to help schools and districts improve children's reading achievement through scientifically proven methods of instruction. Following are excerpts from coverage of the announcement:

"Connecticut's aggressive effort to develop better readers among elementary school children got a boost Tuesday with the announcement of a $42.5 million federal grant for reading instruction. The six-year grant, part of President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act, will pay for teacher training, remedial classes and model teaching programs in eligible public schools. 'Yes, this is significant,' said Tom Murphy, a spokesman for the state Department of Education. 'It's going to buy us a lot of things. ... We know there are areas that need that extra focus.'"—The Hartford Courant

"The eligible districts will compete for funds, which will be awarded to about 20 individual schools in those districts based on their ability to develop a convincing plan for early literacy instruction. There are about 150 elementary schools in the eligible districts. The money will be used for new curriculum materials, literacy specialists for each building and professional development for teachers. 'What we want to see is the potential for success,' said Frances Rabinowitz, chief of the Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction for the Connecticut Department of Education, which will oversee the new grant. ??? In addition to funds for individual elementary schools, another portion of the new grant will pay for workshops in reading instruction that will be available to teachers statewide, Rabinowitz said. The districts eligible for the individual schools grants will be able to participate in 11 days of additional workshops."—The New London Day

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