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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: October 13, 2021 10:16 AM
From: Representative Jason Ortitay
To: All House members
Subject: Early Literacy Program
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that creates a statewide early literacy program. Knowing how to read is pivotal and absolutely vital for a successful future. States across the country are enacting early literacy policies and programs recognizing the fundamental importance of achieving literacy by the end of third grade. Children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out or fail to graduate high school.

Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year (if enacted), the PA Department of Education will work with school districts to address student reading needs. This program will focus on the “Science of Reading,” which is an evidence-based reading instructional practice that integrates listening, speaking, reading, spelling, and writing.

Please join me in sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB2045