Rep Garcia gets more funding to improve K3 literacy

first_img Categories: Garcia News,News 07Dec Rep. Garcia gets more funding to improve K-3 literacy LANSING – A budget supplemental supported by state Rep. Daniela R. García was approved Wednesday, providing more support for the Michigan Education Corps to improve reading literacy in the state’s kindergarten through third-grade students.“We must do everything possible to improve the educational outcomes for our youngest students in Michigan schools,” said Rep. García, R-Holland. “Organizations such as the Hope Network, which supports the Michigan Education Corps, are committed to that mission and I’m pleased that we’re all working to build Michigan’s future through education.”The $500,000 supplemental was approved during a House Committee on Appropriations meeting and on the House floor today at the state Capitol, increasing upon the $1 million previously allocated for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 fiscal years. In addition, Rep. García approved an allowance of $250,000 in the previously appropriated funds to be disbursed in the form of a grant to Hope Network for providing non-reimbursed reading tutoring to students.The Hope Network, a Grand Rapids-based non-profit organization with facilities all over the state – including Holland, is committed to helping overcome barriers in the areas of “mental health, autism, developmental support, and community support services across Michigan.” The Michigan Education Corps is a Hope Network program, specifically focusing on one-on-one tutoring five days a week over the course of the school year for students in preschool through third grade.This supplemental appropriations bill augments legislation signed into law in October that set an educational framework and requirements for improving reading literacy in students in K-3. Rep. García is the vice-chair of the House Committee on Education, and participated in hours of testimony from parents, teachers and school administrators in support of the legislation.“Approximately 50 percent of our state’s third grade students are not proficient in reading,” said Rep. García. “We cannot allow that to continue. There’s nothing more important in our state’s education system than improving literacy of k-3rd grade students.”###last_img read more

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