Letter: Potential cuts for reading teachers are cause for concern

To the Editor:
I’m used to hearing about great things happening in the St. Louis Park School District, particularly in recent years as the district has made terrific progress in narrowing racial achievement gaps.
I’m concerned about what I’m hearing right now. Teachers I know are expressing dismay at the imminent decision to cut reading teachers at our elementary schools. These teachers work directly with struggling readers. Educators I’ve spoken with have shared their belief that reading intervention has been a critical factor in closing achievement gaps.

Reading is at the heart of all learning. Abundant research points to the fact that reading at grade level by third grade impacts future academic and life success.

I encourage others in the community who care about struggling readers and believe what teachers are saying to get in touch with school board members and our superintendent with questions and concerns.

Margaret Rog
St. Louis Park