Gov. Walker Announces New Website To Help Children Learn To Read

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 6:50 am

Governor Scott Walker announced Tuesday a new website in an effort to get kids to read.

He says the “Read to Lead” website has resources for parents, teachers and children in an effort to ensure kids learn to read by fourth grade.

The resources include video books for kids, an online quiz and checklist for parents, and a Read Wisconsin Forum for teachers.

“This website supports our efforts to make sure Wisconsin students know how to read by fourth grade, when they need to read to learn.” Governor Walker said in a press release. “Our kids used to score near the top in reading, but somewhere along the line, that changed. This is one more way we are turning Wisconsin around, and getting back on track. When the future of children in the state is at stake, we cannot fail them.”

The new website, www.read.wi.gov, includes background on the plan created by the Read to Lead Task Force. Members including State Superintendent Tony Evers, teachers, legislators, researchers and advocates worked together to reach a consensus on ways to ensure all of Wisconsin’s children learn to read before they reach fourth grade.

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