Tennessee launches $100 million literacy program to reach struggling readers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Education hopes a new literacy initiative will help teachers and school districts reach struggling readers.

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The Tennessean reports officials plan to spend $100 million on “Reading 360,” which was launched Monday across the state.

Before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered classrooms, only about 36% of Tennessee’s third graders could read on grade level.

Educators anticipate struggling students will have fallen further behind.

Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn says the new phonics-based reading program takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the state’s literacy crisis.

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