Brown Announces More than $45.5M for Youth Literacy Program at The Ohio State University

Funds to Help Train Teachers, Provide Individual Instruction to Selected Students, including ELL and Students in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $45,593,146 was awarded The Ohio State University from the U.S. Department of Education to bolster literacy for first graders throughout the state. The grant, from the Department of Education's Investing in Innovation Scale Up Program, will support OSU's Reading Recovery literacy intervention program which targets low-performing schools.

 "These funds will help improve resources available to help first graders who are struggling to read," Brown said. "They will enable one-on-one instruction to help Ohio students in underserved areas grasp fundamental concepts."

Reading Recovery is a research-based, short-term literacy intervention program. It provides individualized instruction for the lowest-achieving first graders in low-performing schools, including English Language Learners (ELL) and students in rural communities. These funds will support the OSU program for five years. Reading Recovery students receive 30-minute lessons each school day for 12 to 20 weeks from a specially trained teacher. As soon as students can read and write at grade level and demonstrate that they can continue to achieve, their lessons are discontinued and new students receive individual instruction.

In July, Brown, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), introduced legislation to promote student achievement. The DIPLOMA Act responds to research by arming local leaders to identify and address the barriers students face so they can meet rigorous standards in the classroom and reach their full potential.

More information on the bill can be found HERE.

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