A handful of legislators and experts joined by a large crowd of teachers met Thursday morning to try to refocus the school reform debate here around our biggest educational outrage of all: our failure to teach poor children to read.
This ought to be the focus of all school reform in Connecticut, instead of tedious arguments over union work rules, tenure, labor contracts and charter schools.
What’s mystifying is that successful research-based strategies to teach poor children reading have been around since the 1990s. Some of the most significant work has been done here in Connecticut at the Haskins Laboratories in New Haven. In some places, such as at Hartford’s Noah Webster School, there are dramatic results.
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