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Letter to GAO
Ohanian Comment: Too little and too late. These fellows have children's blood on their hands.

United States Senate
September 23,2005

Mr. David M. Walker
Comptroller General
U.S. Government Accountability Office
441 G Street,NW
Washington, DC 20548

Dear Mr. Walker,

We are writing to request GAO to investigate the implementation of the Reading First
program, under Title I, Part B of the No Child Left Behind Act. Reading First has had a
significant impact on the application of scientifically-based reading research on applied
instruction at the elementary school level. However, numerous concerns have been raised
regarding implementation of the program, including concerns regarding guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on the approach to teaching reading used by states, districts and
individual schools under the program.

In examining the implementation of the Reading First program, we would like GAO to
address the following questions:

. What requirements related to curriculum and scientifically-based research does the U.S.
Department of Education require from States and other grantees as a condition for receiving
Reading First grant funds?

. What guidance, particularly related to curriculum and technical assistance, does the U.S. Department of Education provide to States and other grantees to help them develop
successful grant proposals for implementing Reading First programs?

. How does the U.S. Department of Education select and oversee consultants and contractors
that provide technical assistance and other services to Reading First grantees?

We look forward to your response to this letter. If you have any questions concerning
this request, please contact Kori Forster with Senator Enzi at 202-224-7229 or Roberto
Rodriguez with Senator Kennedy at 202-224-5501.


Michael B. Enzi

Edward M. Kennedy
Ranking Member

Richard G. Lugar

Jeff Bingaman

Congressman George Miller
Ranking Member
Education and Workforce Committee

— United States Senate Education Taskforce



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