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Reading First Finally Makes It As A Mainstream News Story

By Alexander Russo — March 09, 2007 1 min read

For weeks and months, I’ve been asking on this blog why Reading First wasn’t a national (mainstream) education story -- only to be told over and over by my betters (Richard Colvin, et al) that the story wasn’t big, or dramatic, or clear enough. Today, however -- perhaps emboldened by the Walter Reed coverage? -- the NYT finally gets around to covering the Reading First scandal (In War Over Teaching Reading, a U.S.-Local Clash), focusing on districts and states that opted out. Kudos to the trade reporters and publications who’ve been covering this closely from the start, and to the Times and Diana Jean Schemo for breaking the story out into the mainstream.

UPDATE: Not so fast, says D-Ed Reckoning in his post Schemo Gets Pwned, in which he and others weigh in on whether the Madison, Wisc Schools, Schemo’s example of a brave RF resister, is really such a success story. Great stuff, including a response from a Madison board member. Thanks to Rory at Parentalcation.

UPDATE 2: “Pwned” is Internet slang for owned or used.

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