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Dallas Morning News Editorial: Expanding Reading Partners could help struggling students



It is not uncommon to find serious reading deficits when you look at the reading scores of Dallas elementary schools. On some campuses, 30 percent or more of the third-, fourth- or fifth-graders failed the state's 2013 reading achievement exam.

Teachers are their first responders. And parents can back teachers up by reading with their children.

But sometimes schools require more help than that. They need volunteers who can assist in intervening with students who struggle to comprehend passages, decode words or read at the appropriate speed.

For that reason, we’re excited to see Reading Partners expand its footprint in the Dallas school district. The local chapter of the national organization now has tutors in 17 Dallas schools. That figure is up from 10 schools last year.

The volunteers work with students for an hour each week. In some cases, students may work with two tutors at different times each week. ...more



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