Our children aren’t being taught to read and we need a national commitment to save their futures

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It’s no accident that you can read and understand this sentence. A solid education empowered you with this fundamental skill. Yet today there are literally millions of kids in our nation who are behind in reading and, sadly, too many who can’t read at all. Your child may be one of them. 

The latest data provide the facts — and they’re alarming. The National Assessment of Education Progress released its latest 4th and 8th grade reading scores for U.S. students and found that nearly 70 percent of these kids are testing “below proficient” in reading and are in real trouble. That’s not just appalling – it’s heartbreaking, especially because most parents think their kids are doing fine.   

How did this happen? In a recent podcast series, “Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong,” journalist Emily Hanford shared stories of parents who discovered their children couldn’t read and the many challenges they faced in seeking help.  

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One parent, Corrine Adams, realized her son in kindergarten was not being taught to read when she helped him with his remote schooling during the pandemic. When she turned

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