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September 15, 2015

Make education part of the debate #KidsRead2016

Over the next year, we will be hearing a lot from presidential candidates as they make their case to the American people as to how they will lead our country. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard much from the candidates about how they plan on tackling education, and next to nothing on the importance of reading.

In the San Francisco Chronicle piece, What the GOP candidates should debate — education  Reading Partners CEO Michael Lombardo outlines the importance of the conversation around reading and education.

Any plan to improve America’s schools must begin with a plan to ensure youth are reading at grade level. Throughout the 2016 campaign, we will be highlighting the critical issue of fourth grade reading through #kidsread2016, a campaign to improve the reading proficiency of our nation’s youth and close the reading gap. Let’s elevate the conversation…

On Wednesday 9/16, Republican presidential candidates make their case to the American people during their second debate. Next month, Democratic candidates face off in Nevada. You can jump start the conversation.  

Watch the debate on Wednesday 9/16 at 8 pm EDT on CNN.  

You can join  the conversation by tweeting, posting on Facebook, and sharing your thoughts on what the candidates say by using the hashtags #kidsread2016, #Republicandebate, and #CNNDebate. Then do it again next month when the Democrats face off.

Let the world know that, regardless of whom the president will be and their party affiliation, early literacy matters. This isn’t about Republicans vs. Democrats, this is about the future of our children.

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