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May 9, 2005 Extra Credit
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May 9, 2005

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"It’s A Big Deal For Us"

The No Child Left Behind Reading First program provides grants to states to help schools and school districts improve children’s reading achievement through scientifically based methods of instruction. The following are excerpts from a recent article in The Daily Star (NY) highlighting a Reading First sub grant awarded to a school in New York:

"Starting next year, students at Charlotte Valley Central School are expected to benefit from the latest round of state Reading First grants announced last week. The school received notification that it will receive $750,000 over three years from the state Education Department to develop a program to improve reading skills in students in kindergarten through third grade, Charlotte Valley Superintendent Mark Dupra said.

"The school will receive $330,000 the first year, said Cynthia Gallagher, coordinator of the office of early education and reading initiative from the state Education Department. … There were 18 awards made in the latest round of funding, she said, noting the school is the only one in the area to receive money, which comes from the federal No Child Left Behind program.

"‘We’re very happy,’ Dupra said about the award. ‘It’s a big deal for us.’ … It includes $39,000 to provide the Voyager series, an educational reading program, to the almost 140 students as part of an effort to develop English skills. It will also provide for the equipment and staff needed to administer the program members who will be involved.

"The district’s number of students in special education, which is higher than the state average, also helped qualify the school, Dupra said. One of the reasons that 24 percent of district students are in special education as compared to the 12 percent state rate, ‘is fundamental literacy issues’…. ‘Children are struggling with reading,’ he said. ‘We need to do a better job, and this program should help.’"

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