Gov. Ernie Fletcher on Thursday made a guest appearance at Hearn Elementary, touting a plan to eliminate reading gaps among elementary school students.
Joined by first lady Glenna Fletcher, the governor observed Hearn's reading intervention program, "Reading Recovery," which identifies at-risk first-grade students and brings them up to grade level.
The new governor also plugged proposed "Read to Achieve" legislation, which would increase funding for reading programs like Reading Recovery throughout the state.
"It's just so important we use the talent we have and we focus our resources," said Ernie Fletcher from a podium in the Hearn library. "When you learn to read, everything falls into place."
The legislation is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dan Kelly, a Republican from Springfield. The 7th District Sen. Lindy Casebier, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, will co-sponsor the legislation.
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