Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act, a comprehensive literacy bill that would authorize $2.35 billion to support state and local programs to ensure that children from birth through grade twelve have the reading and writing skills necessary for success in school and beyond. In the coming days, U.S. Representatives John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Jared Polis (D-CO) will introduce a version of the LEARN Act in the House of Representatives. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, issued the following statement:
“The nation’s current approach to teaching reading is analogous to a builder helping to lay the foundation of a house, but not following through to assist with the walls, windows, doors, and roof. America’s students are getting the help they need to become proficient readers in the early grades, but they are not being supported in building the vocabulary and comprehension skills they need to master the more complex materials they will encounter in middle and high school across all of their classes.
“By introducing the LEARN Act, Senator Murray and Representatives Yarmuth and Polis have outlined a comprehensive approach to teaching reading and comprehension that would move away from the current practice of siloing literacy instructed based on grade level and toward an approach that supports children from cradle through commencement and ensures that they have the literacy skills necessary to succeed in college and career.”
Joining Senator Murray as cosponsors of the bill are Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
More information on the LEARN Act is available here.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit www.all4ed.com.