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Governor Bush Calls for Adolescent Reading Initiative Reflecting Alliance for Excellent Education Recommendations

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Governor Bush Calls for Adolescent Reading Initiative Reflecting Alliance for Excellent Education Recommendations

Applauds Governor’s Effort to Address Reading Crisis

News that Governor Bush plans to put reading coaches in 240 Florida middle schools was met with applause at the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Washington headquarters.

At both the state and national levels, great attention is paid to making sure every Florida child can read by the third grade with the Governor’s “Just Read, Florida” and the President’s “Reading First” programs. The Alliance believes that the great promise that no child will be left behind should not be limited to elementary schools. With over 30 percent of Florida’s eighth graders and approximately six million secondary school students across America reading well below grade level, literacy instruction must continue past the third grade. The Governor’s proposal is a step in the right direction.

Literacy coaches are an integral part of the adolescent literacy initiative aggressively promoted by the Alliance as part of its Framework for an Excellent Education for all Middle and High School Students.

Last month the Alliance, along with 33 national organizations and nearly 170 individuals, sent a letter urging President Bush to include funding for a new adolescent literacy initiative in his FY 2005 budget proposal. “Literacy is the key to academic success. The ability to read opens the door to the American Dream,” said Alliance President, Susan Frost.

“We hope that this letter, along with some brotherly advice at the next family dinner, will
persuade President Bush to make a similar commitment to the rest of America’s struggling middle and high school students.”

Based in Washington, DC, the Alliance for Excellent Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping America’s six million at-risk middle and high school students achieve high standards and graduate prepared for college and success in life.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. It is funded by the Leeds Family, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Daniels Fund, and the New York Community Trust, as well as by concerned individuals.

For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit: www.all4ed.com.

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