Copeland defends reading curriculum

Schools chief's open letter insists Studio is a good choice

program to be reviewed

December 21, 2005|By SARA NEUFELD | SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTER

Baltimore schools chief Bonnie S. Copeland has written an open letter to the community defending Studio Course, even as she appoints a task force to review the new middle-school reading and writing curriculum.

In a 13-page document e-mailed to school system employees and posted on the school system's Web site, Copeland says Studio is part of a strategy to reverse a slide in seventh- and eighth-grade reading scores. She says the curriculum builds reading and writing skills by engaging pupils in "high-interest, high-demand texts and regular writing assignments."

s entire letter, go to baltimoresun.com/studio.

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