Washington D.C., Baltimore and six communities in Virginia are among the more than 150 cities and counties across the country that are pledging to concentrate on early literacy efforts to ensure that children can read by the end of third grade, the Washington Post reports. The Campaign for Grade Level Reading is a collaborative effort by dozens of funders to make sure that all children, especially those from low-income families who often enter kindergarten already behind, learn to read. Signing onto the campaign are big cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and Atlanta, and the entire state of Arizona……Read More
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Arne Duncan hops on a bus to address rust belt school districts
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan kicked off his three-day Great Lakes bus tour here, in a city he calls a national model for school reform, the Huffington Post reports.
“It wasn’t a coincidence that we wanted to start this bus tour in Pittsburgh,” Duncan told a gymnasium full of students, teachers and parents at Martin Luther King Elementary School. “I know you’ve had some tough conversations behind closed doors. But I know what you’re doing collectively is also a model for the country.”
Pittsburgh was just the first stop on Duncan’s back-to-school tour, which will roll through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois……Read More