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Word is Out on How Schools Can Get Funding for Reading

School districts across the country must establish "research-based" reading programs for their classrooms that meet with federal approval for part of the $900 million in funds the Bush administration is offering this year. Some educators fear this will result in a loss of program diversity.

"In state after state after state, a particular approach to reading is being mandated," said Teachers College Lucy Calkins, director of the Reading and Writing Project.

"There's no place for teachers or children to make decisions or form opinions about what they're reading. There's no problem-solving, no inquiry, no critical thinking through exploration of a text's meaning."

The article, entitled "Word is out on How Schools Can Get Funding for Reading" appeared in the August 26th edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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