Governor and First Lady determined to improve elementary reading levels
Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher signed Senate Bill 19 at a ceremony today in the capitol rotunda which included school children and educators from across the state. Senate Bill 19, the Read to Achieve Act of 2005, is the first initiative of First Lady Glenna Fletcher which the governor has been able to sign into law. Mrs. Fletcher has supported the “Read to Achieve” bill as part of her efforts to improve early childhood education in Kentucky.
“The Read to Achieve initiative has been an important bill for the First Lady and my administration as a whole,” Governor Fletcher said. “I am proud of Glenna’s persistence on this issue and her continuing work for the children of Kentucky. This bill will help us achieve our goal of adequately educating every child in the Commonwealth.”
Senate Bill 19 establishes the Reading Diagnostic and Intervention program to help teachers improve the reading skills of primary students and intervene when students are struggling. The goal is to ensure that all students are reading at or above grade level by the third grade.
“With the signing of this bill – we will increase the hope and opportunity for children who may have fallen through the cracks and never would have been given the opportunity to master those skills which are needed to have a brighter future,” said First Lady Glenna Fletcher. “If we get the reading right, the rest will fall into place.”
Senate Bill 19 was sponsored by Senator Dan Kelly (R-Springfield). The Governor also signed House Bill 93, which established a similar program for early math education in the Commonwealth. Representative Harry Moberly (D-Richmond) sponsored House Bill 93.
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