"This is not a first-grade problem. This is a K-12 problem."

-- John Guthrie, a reading expert at the University of Maryland, College Park, and member of a state task force that last week recommended giving teachers a detailed guide for improving reading instruction based on research-proven methods.

"It's an extremely critical decision and it will make a powerful statement about reading as a fundamental skill."

-- Nancy S. Grasmick, state schools superintendent, after the state school board delayed a vote on her plan to strengthen reading instruction course requirements for teachers.

Pub Date: 6/28/98

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