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Concerned about direction of school literacy program

June 5, 2012
Karen Donahey, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

As the bells were ringing on the last day of school, 12 long-term district employees were told their services were no longer needed. They were explicitly told that this was not a budget issue, but a program one. As one of those Literacy Intervention Tutors, I am disappointed in the decision and very concerned about the children we have served. At Anson Elementary alone, three of us served 177 students this past year. Many of them receive free and reduced lunches, an indicator that they are likely to be at risk academically.



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