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From Education Week blogs:

State Reading First directors came up with the idea for the National Association for Reading First after learning about plans in Congress to eliminate the $1 billion-a-year grant program, according to Debora Scheffel, who directs the program in Colorado.

The organization will promote inclusion of Reading First principles in the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, and work to disseminate information on research-based instruction and intervention.

The association's founders hope to sign up enough members—annual membership is $50—to help bolster their case that Reading First has a lot of support from the field. Kathleen Kennedy Manzo

Stephen Krashen writes in response: Their website contains a poll, inviting readers to vote on whether Reading First has positively or negatively impacted their district or school. Right now, the poll is running strongly AGAINST reading first, which must be annoying to the organi...See More
Vote in the poll so teachers will be heard, not just RF! On 8/13/08, Let your voice be heard! !They are trying to keep Reading First! wrote:

> From Education Week blogs: > > State Reading First directors came up with the idea for the > National Association for Reading First after learning about > plans in Congress to eliminate the $1 billion-a-year grant > program, according t...See More
Aug 13, 2008
Tessa- FL I really don't think RF was that bad. There were too many tests, and it seemed to be a scheme to make $$$ for the textbook companies (since the selection was such a short list it looks awful fishy), but it comes with $$$ for the school. I know we couldn't afford lit/data people at the RF school I was at without RF. Of course, we probably wouldn't n...See More
Aug 15, 2008


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