Should Colorado Pay Kids for Reading?
Colorado legislators are considering paying a small stipend to schoolchildren who read well. Many oppose the measure, which comes at an interesting time. Test results show 30 percent of the state's third-graders do not read proficiently, a factor that could work against them as they trudge through school in years to come (via The Denver Post). A bipartisan bill, inspired by a Harvard economist's research that found kids like a stash of cash when they complete a reading project, narrowly passed a first vote in the Senate yesterday, according to The Associated Press. But Senator Evie Hudak, a Democrat and former State Board of Education member, calls the measure “bribery,” according to EdNewsColorado. The measure would allow the Read to Achieve Board to grant as much as $1 million annually to programs providing services to kids in poor neighborhoods. There are no qualified programs in the region to administer such programs, but some in the Senate say a law would change that. Still other senators worried that rural areas might be excluded.
Facebook Comments Box
Here’s why it’s finally time to get back in the Denver real estate market.
We’ve highlighted some of the best road cycling routes along the Front Range and in the high...
Colorado’s labor market has more than its share of occupational hazards.
Each year, more than 18,000 victims of domestic violence call SafeHouse Denver’s hot line. Meet...
From obesity to food allergies, we break down five issues facing Colorado’s kids.