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STUDENT LITERACY: Governor Wants More Funding For Reading Center

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The governor is pushing for more funding to improve Iowa’s literacy rates.

The Iowa Reading Resource Center was crafted by legislation in 2012.

Governor Branstad has allocated $3.9-million for the center. But a bill moving through the Senate only calls for $2-million.

The governor says that’s not enough when it comes to helping students who are struggling to read.

The Collins-Maxwell school district was one of the first to utilize the resource. The superintendent says it has helped on several levels.

“Knowing we had work to do before the assessments and supported by the data after the assessments our teachers focused and got to work. With the help from an instructional coach from Heartland AEA we began to target specific literacy strategies to support student achievement,” Superintendent Jason Ellingson said.

The center currently serves nearly 15-percent of Iowa’s 346 school districts.