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Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2008
This article reports on the results of a study undertaken by the U.S. Department of Education on the impact of the Reading First program, which offer little insight into which parts of the program are worth saving and which need revamping. The study found that the $6 billion spent on the program has helped students with basic decoding but not with…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Politics of Education, Grants
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2007
This article reports how an "Education Week" review of hundreds of e-mail exchanges that detail a pattern of federal interference in "Reading First" have skirted legal prohibitions. In regular e-mail discussions, Christopher J. Doherty, the Reading First director at the U.S. Department of Education until last September, and G. Reid Lyon, a branch…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Electronic Mail, Reading Programs, Computer Mediated Communication
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2007
The recent wrap-up of an intensive, two-year examination of the federal Reading First initiative is not expected to halt debate over the program. Given the broad agreement in seven federal reports that serious problems occurred in the oversight of the program's implementation, the findings have sparked interest on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Quality Control, Inspection, Reading Programs
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2006
Reading First, which has already handed out nearly $5 billion in grants to some 1,700 districts and 5,600 schools, is designed to improve reading instruction in the nation's most disadvantaged schools through the use of research-based methods. However, a report conducted by the investigators for Inspector General John P. Higgins to evaluate…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Reading Programs, Reading Instruction, Investigations
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2006
This article reports how the Voyager Universal Literacy core program, which is sailing successively into the market for reading programs, has been the target of several speculations over its secrets of success. Use of the Voyager Universal Literacy program has since spread to 1,000 districts throughout the country since its introduction into the…
Descriptors: Political Influences, Reading Programs, Reading Achievement, Salesmanship
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2006
A bill that has been sent to the floor of the California Senate would require textbooks used in public schools to include information on the roles and contributions of gay people throughout history, a move that could affect the content of instructional materials throughout much of the country. The measure would help build tolerance of diverse…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Textbook Content, Homosexuality, Public Schools
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2005
North Carolina boasts a growing network of global-studies magnet schools, a prominent university center that sponsors training on international issues and study trips abroad for thousands of teachers, an innovative recruitment program to attract teachers from around the globe, and a popular former governor who has championed the cause of …
Descriptors: International Studies, Politics of Education, International Education, Magnet Schools