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Does It Make a Difference? Experts Weigh in on Added Hour of Reading Instruction

WJCT (Jacksonville, FL)

Under a revised statute, the 300 lowest-performing schools in the state, must add an hour of reading instruction to their schedule next year. The law is an expansion of a previous law requiring only the 100 lowest performing schools to add an extra hour. However, in an effort to improve literacy scores across the county, the district added 11 more schools to the list. It was move met with some highly-publicized resistance from parents at Holiday Hill Elementary, who questioned the merits of the extra hour.

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"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." — Kate DiCamillo