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September 7, 2011

$180 Million Awarded to Six States for Comprehensive Literacy Program Aimed at Children, Birth-Grade 12

More than $180 million in grants were awarded to six states through the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program, which helps states pursue a comprehensive approach to improving literacy outcomes for all children -- birth through grade 12, including limited-English-proficient students and students with disabilities. Thirty-five states applied for the funding.

Call for Public Input - Comprehensive Literacy Development Meeting

I'm pleased to announce a public input meeting to be held on the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy State Grant Program next Friday, November 19, here at the U.S. Department of Education.

Next year, the Secretary plans to announce a competition for State projects to support comprehensive literacy development and to advance literacy skills, including pre-literacy skills, reading, and writing, for students from birth through grade 12, English learners and students with disabilities. So, we want to use this meeting to get input from experts, advocates, States, and other stakeholders on the application notice for this competition.

I want to encourage all of you who are interested to attend this meeting if you can -- we really value feedback at the Department, and your input will be incredibly important as we develop this grant program. You'll find more details on registration and submitting input below, and I look forward to a rich and productive meeting.

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September 29, 2009

$6.6 Million in Striving Readers Grants Awarded to help Struggling Readers

Eight states will receive $6.6 million in Striving Readers grants to improve the literacy skills of struggling adolescent readers, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today.

September 3, 2009

U.S. Department of Education Closes Out Summer Reading Initiative—"Read to the Top!"—With Record Success

Despite busy schedules and summer heat, a record number of Cabinet members and senior administration officials joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the Department's weekly reading initiative, “Read to the Top!” during June, July and August.

June 24, 2009

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Kicks Off Department's Summer Reading Initiative: "Read to the Top!"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today kicked off the Department's summer reading campaign--"Read to the Top!" --with the children's classic books "Clifford the Big Red Dog" and "Where the Wild Things Are." The Secretary read to young children, including his own, on the plaza of the Department's Lyndon Baines Johnson headquarters building.

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