WHAT IS “THE STRIVING READERS ACT OF 2007”? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO NEW JERSEY?

By Alyce Hunter, Ed. D.

On March 22, 2007, Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced “The Striving Readers Act of 2007” (S.958). This bi-partisan action requests the allocation of $200 million in the fiscal year of 2007 with increased funding through 2011 that would expand the initiative to every state. The purpose of this legislation is to focus on literacy at the middle and high school levels. This focus would involve creating adolescent literacy initiatives, such as planning, initiating, implementing, and evaluating programs by local school districts and schools to improve reading and writing skills for students from grades 4 through 12.

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