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A Washington Post Story, via The Detroit News, says the reading wars are heating up again, fueled by a scramble for $6 billion in federal money.
The reading methods practiced in P.S. 172 have won the enthusiastic approval of the chancellor of the New York City school system, Joel Klein, who embraced them last year as a model.
But they have been denounced as â€œunscientificâ€? by reading experts for the Bush administration, who advocate a much greater emphasis on phonics, the repetitive sound drills viewed by some educators as the key to early reading progress.
The dispute has become a test case for the implementation of President Bushâ€™s ambitious Reading First initiative, which aims to help every child in the country become a successful reader.
Without the federal governmentâ€™s seal of approval, New Yorkâ€™s reading program is ineligible for federal subsidies.