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Tennessee Governor Commits Record Funding to Early Literacy

Dear Friend,

Reading is a fundamental life skill. When mastered in the early grades, it becomes a gateway to success in school and life.

Last month, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a comprehensive budget in SB 2653 that included strong support for early literacy. The 2016-2017 budget allocates $9 million for a statewide coaching and intervention initiative that will create a network of district literacy coaches and regional coordinators. It also allocates $1 million for a kindergarten entry screener to identify children for kindergarten readiness and to provide useful information to teachers so they can meet the unique needs of each individual child.

Tennessee leaders are putting students on a path to success. Governor Bill Haslam has shown time and again that he is dedicated to early literacy and making smart investments in K-12 education. Budget bill sponsors Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and House Finance, Ways and Means Committee Chair Charles Sargent worked tirelessly to ensure the reading programs received dedicated funding. And Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is spearheading the Read to be Ready program to help struggling readers.

Tennessee has clearly embarked on the path to ensuring students are proficient readers by the end of the third grade.

Learn more about ExcelinEd’s K-3 Reading Policy by visiting Reading.


Cari Miller
Policy Director, K-3 Reading
The Foundation for Excellence in Education