Congress Breathes New Life into Striving Readers Programs

The budget compromise recently hammered out in Washington breathes new life into a major literacy initiative at the U.S. Department of Education.

Congress restored the moribund Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program, which seeks to promote literacy from birth to the end of high school, as part of an omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2012 that President Barack Obama signed into law late last month. The literacy program received no federal aid last year, but in a quirk of the budget process, money from the year before that is fueling $180 million in grants was awarded to six states in September.  The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) program is authorized  under the Title I demonstration authority (Part E, Section 1502 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – ESEA).

The purpose of the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) discretionary grants is to create a comprehensive literacy program to advance literacy skills — including pre-literacy skills, reading, and writing — for students from birth through grade 12, including limited-English-proficient students and students with disabilities. carries a wide selection of instructional materials that qualify for the Striving Readers program.  Browse materials for students in preschool through high school to enhance teaching and learning in reading comprehension, ESL, special education and more.

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