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Governor Says New Education Money a Big Help During State's Budget Problems
Following are quotes from the news coverage of yesterday's Reading First grant announcement in South Carolina:

"South Carolina is getting nearly $14 million in federal funds this year through the Reading First program. The money is the first phase of a nearly $90 million grant the state will get as part of President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind education program. While all South Carolina schools will see some of the money, Governor Mark Sanford says the money will allow 36 schools in South Carolina to start research-based reading programs for students from kindergarten through third grade. Sanford says the money is a big help during the state's budget problems."—WIS-TV, Channel 10 in Columbia

"State education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum led an effort in 1999 to establish a statewide reading program. The federal money S.C. qualified for Tuesday will be used to extend that program to more schools. 'Reading First will really help South Carolina expand what we've already been doing the past five years,' Tenenbaum said."—The Columbia State

"The U.S. Education Department plans to pump nearly $90 million into South Carolina schools during the next six years to train thousands of teachers and buy books to ensure all students can read by the third grade. ... The grant will provide intensive training for the state's nearly 20,000 kindergarten- through third-grade teachers and about 5,000 special education teachers through a series of six workshops."—Associated Press


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