Michigan bolsters early literacy with recommendations, possible funding

Governor Snyder poses for a photo with Michigan school children at the Capitol. (June 3, 2015)

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)—A bipartisan Michigan work group has unveiled its recommendations for improving early literacy.

The group is focused on having all Michigan children reading at grade level by third grade. Its recommendations include increasing classroom time spent on reading comprehension, training teachers to assess students’ reading proficiency and engaging parents in developing their childrens’ literacy skills.

The report comes as the state legislature closes in on approving an education budget that would include $30 million for early literacy programs.

“It’s really [about] how do we intervene. How do we work with the parents, the kids themselves, having teachers involved to give them additional assistance to be successful,” Governor Snyder explained during a reading event.

Snyder also says the evidence shows students who cannot read at grade level by third grade are at a disadvantage in their education and future opportunities.

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