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Abbott Backs Elementary Reading Initiative

Governor Greg Abbott wants elementary school students to read more.

Governor Abbott and Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced today a reading initiative called Texas Readers. The initiative is aimed to strengthen the reading skills of students across the state.

Governor Abbott issued a statement praising the initiative, saying, "Texas Readers tackles the important issue of student literacy and will give parents, teachers, and students invaluable tools to make reading and literacy one of the highest education priorities.  I am proud that this initiative is providing students in our public elementary schools the best possible chance to succeed and to continue making Texas great for generations to come."

The program is broken into three components: Parental and Public Awareness, High-Quality Professional Development Opportunities, and Innovative Classroom Tools.

For information about the components or the program, please visit

Photo by the Dallas Morning News

Photo by the Dallas Morning News

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