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Zuckerberg, Chan Donate $30 Million to Help Improve Student Literacy

By The Associated Press — March 20, 2018 1 min read

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are giving Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology $30 million to help improve the literacy skills of elementary students across the nation.

The Reach Every Reader program will combine scientific research with methods of tracking and predicting students’ reading abilities to develop a web-based screening tool to identify kindergartners at high risk of reading difficulties.

Chan called the five-year effort “a unique combination of cutting-edge education and neuroscience research.”

Zuckerberg created Facebook while he was a Harvard student but dropped out. Chan graduated from the Ivy League school in 2007.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 21, 2018 edition of Education Week as Zuckerberg, Chan Donate $30 Million to Help Improve Student Literacy

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