Alabama school children are getting national attention this week because they are now reading better because of a state-wide initiative.
The U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, praised the state's success in bringing up reading scores for all students involved in the $56 million a year improvement program.
“I’m thrilled that we know a lot more about how to teach children to read," Spellings said. "It's not a mystery; we know how to get the job done. And that is what is so tremendous about Alabama initiative and our initiative is part of No Child Left Behind."
Gov. Bob Riley says all the state's kindergarten through grade three schools will be fully funded to implement Alabama’s reading initiative by the fall of 2006.