May 17, 1998

"If we do a good job K through two, we'll find we'll have readers... We really must put these foundation skills in place first."

-- Searetha Smith, the Baltimore school system's chief academic officer, on the school board's decision to adopt a phonics-based reading instruction program through the second grade to give beginning readers a strong grounding in the mechanics of the English language.

Pub Date: 5/17/98

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