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August 29, 2003
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 August 28
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In Vermont, Federal Reading First Grant Money To Help Schools With High Poverty And Low Student Achievement
As reported in yesterday's St. Albans Messenger, the Vermont Department of Education has announced that, "Four Franklin County elementary schools will receive $300,000 in federal grant money to fund national comprehensive reading programs[.]" The Messenger goes on to note that, "The state is investing the bulk of the grant funding to eligible supervisory unions and districts that demonstrate intense need, as defined by high poverty and low student achievement in early reading, and a readiness for change."

Mary Sherrer, the Superintendent of the Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union, is quoted saying, "I am elated. It's very exciting because we had good things happening here (in reading development) and this will only enhance what we had."

Vermont Education Commissioner David Larson also expressed his support for the program, stating, "Reading First is the largest, most focused national effort ever aimed at improving early literacy. Early reading skills are essential to academic development. Reading First funding will help Vermont's education community build upon and expand its ongoing efforts to improve instruction and achievement in this crucial area."

Reading First, part of the No Child Left Behind law, provides grants to states to help schools and districts improve children's reading achievement through scientifically proven methods of instruction.

The complete text of this article was originally published in the August 28, 2003 edition of the St. Albans Messenger. It is no longer available online

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