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February 1, 2007

Vermont Society for the Study of Education Publication Blasts Vermont's "Reading First" Grant


Larry Carbonetti

The Vermont Society for the Study of Education will hold an important press conference February 14th, 2007 at 10:00 AM in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier for the purpose of announcing the publication of A Roadblock in Vermont�s Design for Education, by Susan Ohanian, a Senior Fellow of VSSE. This book provides a powerful and direct indictment of the processes and purposes used by the Vermont Department of Education in its application for a Reading First Grant under the provisions of the much-maligned federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Using as a base for her investigative work the actual Grant application, Ohanian compares the sources of information required by the U. S. Department of Education and those employed by the 1968 Vermont Department of Education that produced the Vermont Design for Education. Ohanian explores the rigid, lock-step instructional system required by the Grant and the visionary and child-friendly declarations of the Design.

The tremendous problems in NCLB�s Reading First program have twice been examined in the publication Education Week under headlines "Federal Review of Reading First Identifies Serious Problems" (Sept. 22, 2006) and "Scathing Report Casts Cloud over Reading First." (Oct. 4, 2006) This audit by the Inspector General indicates that the U. S. Department of Education ignored the law and ethical standards and thus corrupted the application process.

Unfortunately, in pursuit of federal dollars, this corrupt system has now been embraced by the Vermont Department of Education.

Ohanian questions why the Vermont Department of education abandoned its historical practice of asking Vermont citizens what they wanted from their schools and instead participated enthusiastically in the corrupt process dictated by Reading First.
Author Ohanian will be accompanied at the press conference by other members of the VSSE .

— Press Release
Vermont Society for the Study of Education


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