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H.R. 2706 would establish a comprehensive literacy program.
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Latest Major Action: 9/13/2013: Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.
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See Bills on the Same Subject:Academic performance and assessments, Education, Education of the disadvantaged, Education programs funding, Elementary and secondary education, Government information and archives, Language arts, Preschool education, Teaching, teachers, curricula
Sponsor: Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY-3rd district)
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-9th district)
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO-2nd district)
Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA-2nd district)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-1st district)
Rep. Matthew Cartwright (D-PA-17th district)
Rep. Eleanor Norton (D-DC-at large)
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV-3rd district)
Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA-11th district)
House Committee on Education and the Workforce
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Education
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Government Accountability Office
Department of the Interior
This program is just another waste of money as the schools alone can not teach children to read. The problem from the elementary teachers (my wife and her colleagues) point of view is that the biggest challenge is to get parents to read with their children. Reading is not just technical skills to recognize words and sentences but to understand, learn and dialogue. Children whose parents read to them consistently (daily) and with more energy and interest than they give to youth sports or video games come into First Grade reading well above that established level.
If the Feds are going to get involved they should find a way to teach parents responsibility for all aspects of their child's development.
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