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Introducing six new Readiness Readers.

2006 October Newsletter

by Dr. Cindy Cupp

Dear Educators and Parents,

On Friday, September 22, 2006 at approximately 12 noon the Inspector General of the United States Department of Education released the first of six reports concerning the federal Reading First program.  I highly recommend that you follow this story and please send these links to every educator on your email list.  I will update this list as new articles appear in the press.
News articles about the Inspector General's report on Reading First have now run in the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal, Education Week, Title I Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune and others. 
Georgia educators please note:  The following articles concern the national Reading First program and are not connected to the state of Georgia's initiative that was also named Reading First.

The Washington Post ran the following article on Saturday, September 2006:

Audit Finds Ethical Lapses In U.S. Reading Program
By Ben Feller,
Associated Press, Saturday, September 23, 2006; Page A02

"A scorching internal review of the Bush administration's billion-dollar-a-year reading program says the Education Department ignored the law and ethical standards to steer money how it wanted.

The government audit is unsparing in its view that the Reading First program has been beset by conflicts of interest and willful mismanagement. It suggests that the department broke the law by trying to dictate which curriculum schools must use. It also says that program review panels were stacked with people who shared the director's views and that only favored publishers of reading curricula could get money."

For the rest of the story from the Washington Post, click here.

Cindy Cupp
Currently, President, Cupp Publishers, Inc.
Retired, Director of Curriculum and Reading, Georgia Department of Education
Always, A Reading Teacher


Report 1 -  Reading First Grant Application Process

Scathing Report Casts Cloud Over Reading First
September 29, 2006

Baltimore Sun - September 26, 2006

Thompson.com - September 26, 2006

eschoolnews.com - September 25, 2006

USA Today - September 24, 2006

Chicago Tribune - September 23, 2006

Washington Post - September 23, 2006

hosted.ap.org - September 22, 2006

Reading Recovery - September 22, 2006

Thompson.com - September 22, 2006

ed.gov September, 2006


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