Friday, August 27, 2010

RIF is still alive!

My first teaching job was in a high poverty, urban school district.  One of the highlights for my students each year was when RIF came to the school. About three times, our reading specialist would give every child the chance to choose a free book.  To many, it was a special choice that took great consideration.  They would spend lots of time going up and down the aisles wanting the perfect book for them. 

Well, there has been a fight this year to keep the Reading is Fundamental program alive.  Many educators and supporters of the program have lobbied and this summer, a decision was made to continue it's funding.  

Here is the announcement according to the Reading Is Fundamental's Advocacy Center at http://www.rif.org/kids/leadingtoreading/en/leadingtoreading.htm 


Great news!! On July 27, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee approved $24.8 million in funding for Reading Is Fundamental for FY2011! Recently, the House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee also approved $24.8 million for RIF. The bills must still be approved by the full Appropriations Committees in the coming weeks. This is a great first step in the funding process! Thank you to everyone who sent emails, letters, or made phone calls and visits to their Members of Congress.

Hey...that's me.  You're welcome!  My pleasure.  Any time!

1 comment:

  1. Love your blog!!! Hey, I read "The Water Seeker" that was suggested at the symposium and LOVED it!! Can't wait to read some more from the list! Hope you are settling into a new school year! I'll have my husband watch for openings in his dept.! Keep in touch! :)

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