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Subject: Please override Governor Herbert's Reading Program veto!
Date: Thu Apr 07 20:20:48 MDT 2016
Dear Utah Senators and Representatives,
I’m writing you in regards to Governor Herbert’s veto for funding the K-3 Early Intervention Reading Program. The governor cited inaccurate results about the effectiveness of the program in his explanation of the veto. I understand that the legislature is considering overriding this veto, and ask that you please do so that the funding may continue.
A lack of reading proficiency closes many doors of opportunity to our children. If they do not show proficiency by third grade, it is very difficult for them to progress through school and become productive citizens. Early reading software coupled with high quality teaching can ensure our students all become proficient readers, setting them on a trajectory for success throughout their lives. I've witnessed first hand the positive effects technology based education solutions have on our children's learning experience.
I appreciate the legislature’s interest in improving education for Utah’s children. I believe the K-3 Early Intervention Reading program is making a difference in our schools and hope it can continue for years to come.
Thank you for your consideration,