We're glad to see that Gov. Ernie Fletcher has decided to make reading a centerpiece of his education proposals to the state legislature this year.
During his campaign, Fletcher emphasized the need to make sure that every child achieves the reading skills in the early grades that are needed to be successful both in school and later in the workplace.
He said last week that, ideally, children should be reading at grade level by the time they reach the fourth grade.
Fletcher's "Read to Achieve" iniative, though admittedly easier said than done, makes a whole lot of sense. Far too often in our public schools, children are passed along from grade to grade without ever picking up the reading skills they need to be successful in their school work. The older the students are the more difficult it becomes to overcome these problems.