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Fordham Foundation Asks Inquiry Into Probes of Reading First

By Kathleen Kennedy Manzo — March 18, 2008 1 min read

A Washington think tank is asking the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency to launch an inquiry into whether the U.S. Department of Education’s inspector general was “overzealous or abused power” in conducting a review of the federal Reading First program.

John P. Higgins Jr. released a series of highly critical reports on the program in 2006 and 2007, which led to two congressional hearings on the matter and a 61 percent cut to the program’s budget for fiscal 2008.

In a March 10 letter to the council, the Washington-based Thomas B. Fordham Foundation suggests that the review was launched without a compelling need, and overstated problems with Reading First’s administration.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 19, 2008 edition of Education Week

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