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Literacy Education For All, Results For The Nation (LEARN) Act (111th)

Nov 09, 2009


Senate Bill Number: S. 2740
Date of Introduction: November 5, 2009
Sponsor(s): Murray (D-WA)
Co-Sponsor(s): Begich (D-AK), Brown (D-OH), Dodd (D-CT), Franken (D-MN), Sanders (I-VT)

House Bill Number: H.R. 4037
Date of Introduction: November 6, 2009
Sponsor(s): Yarmuth (D-KY)
Co-Sponsor(s): Berkley (D-NV), Berman (D-CA), Boucher (D-VA), Brady (D-PA), Carnahan (D-MO), Clay (D-MO), Cohen (D-TN), Connolly (D-VA), Conyers (D-MI), Courtney (D-CT), Ellison (D-MN), Eshoo (D-CA), Etheridge (D-NC), Fattah (D-PA), Fudge (D-OH), Grijalva (D-AZ), Gutierrez (D-IL), Hare (D-IL), Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD), Hirono (D-HI), Loebsack (D-IA), Markey (D-CO),Miller (D-CA), Norton (D-DC), Pingree (D-ME), Polis (D-CO), Rahall (D-WV), Richardson (D-CA), Rothman (D-NJ), Sablan (D-MP), Schauer (D-MI), Sestak (D-PA), Shea-Porter (D-NH)

The Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act is 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. The grants would provide dedicated funds for early childhood, elementary, and adolescent literacy programs. The LEARN Act would also: provide funds for high-quality professional development that would improve teachers’ literacy instruction; analyze data to improve student learning; use diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments to inform instruction; and effectively implement literacy intervention strategies.

Support for the LEARN Act: Since being introduced, the LEARN Act has garnered support from members of the education community. Read theU.S. Senate letter of support and the U.S. House of Representatives letter of support.

Read a statement from Senator Patty Murray and Representatives John Yarmuth, Jared Polis, and George Miller on the LEARN Act.

Read a statement on the LEARN Act from Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia.

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