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Statewide Reading Initiative Launches At Dodson Branch Elementary

Students and educators at Jackson County’s Dodson Branch Elementary School received a visit from Tennessee’s Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn last Wednesday.

The school was the launch site of the state’s new Reading 360 At-Home Decodable Reading Series.

Earlier this year, the state secured $100 million in funding to launch an initiative called Reading 360 in order to tackle the literacy crisis from all sides.

To help support literacy development in Tennessee, the state will leverage approximately $60 million of one-time federal COVID-19 relief funding and $40 million in federal grant funding to immediately launch Reading 360 and invest in optional reading resources and supports at no cost to the state or districts.

Throughout Tennessee and across the country, national experts, directors of schools, elected officials, and various stakeholders are encouraged by this bold approach to support literacy in Tennessee.

Schwinn said moving the needle for literacy takes partnerships from the state level all the way to the homes of students. Schwinn said Jackson County is a model district when it comes to working together. This At-Home series does exactly that.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Jackson County Sentinel.

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