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Friday, May 05, 2006

Public Policy Appeal

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Dear «heading» «name2»:

At-risk urban age 3-6 children need the hearts, minds, and pocketbooks of the public schools AND total community. Effective citizens from all corners must provide the time, talent and money even if it has to be in gift form. Public schools must make special efforts to be sure the most at-risk receive the gift of early reading skills. Public schools are economically vested in the result.

Leaders are needed to secure our future through the delivery of early reading skills and character education. What do you need to start leading and working this out. Private sector has the money, looking for the commitment. Principals and public servants know they play a huge vested role. Street by street, right the first time.

What must be done first-things-first to stop leaving the at-risk behind and make the public school performance attractive?
· Principals, teachers, child care providers, pastors and others must commit the community, block by block, to deliver early reading skills to 100% of the age 3-6 children. Ready to read starting in kindergarten! Commitment should be public, the call for help is collaborative. (unless, help is not needed?)
· The gift, from the effective, keeps the commitments alive and the at-risk children from falling behind. ( unless, unless, I stutter to say there is a better place to invest and work out a fair result from globalization’s blessing of the strongest)

How things would change if 100% of the children are ready to read starting in kindergarten. There are other issues, but this is first-things-first.

Here are some links to help you get started. Truth is the effective have fewer choices once one decides to start doing first things first. (Covey) Will it ever come together for the children and the schools without doing this first? Is there an alternative? We choose now or later?


I am repeating our concern that at-risk urban age 3-6 children need the hearts, minds, and pocketbooks of the public schools AND total community. A base premise would guide us (say 100 words) to agree on collaborations worthy of combined giving and delivery efforts. I suggest we draft this premise from the following start:The Truth Without the gift of Early Reading Skills all children are behind before they even start kindergarten.
The Gift Only an individual gift delivers early reading skills at age 3, 4 and 5. This gift is the key to opportunity. It is society’s best (effective and lowest cost) approach to preparing the bottom half of the bottom half (poorest of the poor) to want the opportunities, choices and engagement.
The Focus When 100% of the children start kindergarten ready to read English the urban school has the resources to meet the Adequate Yearly Progress Requirement of No Child Left Behind. The principal is vested in 100% of the children starting kindergarten ready-to-read.Our society has never prepared 100% of the children in urban areas to start kindergarten ready-to-read. This is a “new NCLB legal requirement”. Rise to the challenge the fastest by positively facilitating Early Reading Skills for 100% of age 3-6 children. The gift is ethical, moral, proven economic, and better than an expansion of government.
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Thomas D. WolfgramExecutive Director