Lawmakers Question Effectiveness of Multimillion-Dollar Reading Program

By  | 

State lawmakers are questioning the effectiveness of a $97 million grant program that helps students learn to read.

State auditors say there's little evidence the program is working. In an audit released Tuesday, auditors said that when the program started in 2001, about 26 percent of all students in grades two though four were reading below grade level. In 2005, the amount went up one percent.

The audit also shows large school districts got more money than smaller school districts. Steamboat Springs Representative Al White says the state is wasting money if the programs aren't working. Bill Windler, assistant commissioner for the state Department of Education, says the board that awards the grants makes decisions based on quality, not quantity