In the wake of the Bush administration's vow to improve literacy at the earliest grade levels, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is turning to technology to help its elementary students learn to read.

LAUSD on July 19 announced that 244 of its 427 elementary schools will receive the Waterford Early Reading Program, an individualized computer reading program school officials say has been proven effective in helping students learn to read. District officials say they hope the $44 million project, encompassing hardware, software, and training, will help bridge the gap in student learning


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