U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement on the Institute of Education Sciences' new Reading for Understanding Research Network:
"Today's $100 million investment in reading research addresses a well-known challenge facing schools across the country. It's not enough to teach students how to read. We need to teach students to understand what they're reading. This project will bring together the best minds in the country — from researchers working in with collaboration with practitioners — to find solutions that will improve reading comprehension so that our students are on track to succeed in college and careers."