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Mayor, educators, business leaders put childhood literacy front and center

Posted Sept. 30, 2016

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Mayor Betsy Price is partnering with Fort Worth schools and the local business community in an unprecedented partnership aimed at making the Fort Worth Independent School District the most sought-after public school system in the country.

Price helped launch the Fort Worth Literacy Partnership with one goal: 100 percent of third-graders reading at grade level by 2025.

Based on the latest data, only three of every 10 third-graders in the 87,000-student FWISD population are reading on grade level. The focus on third-grade literacy is intentional because of the critical correlation between third-grade reading proficiency and long-term academic success in all subjects, including math and science.

“I am a proud graduate of Arlington Heights High School,” Mayor Price said. “I enjoyed raising all three of my children in FWISD schools. I spent decades in various leadership roles volunteering in our schools, and they have truly been some of my most meaningful times in public service. I believe that we simply must each strategically do our part to encourage students to reach their full potential.”

The partnership will work with community partners and schools to ensure that:

  • All Fort Worth children are ready for kindergarten.
  • Early childhood resources are effective and well-coordinated.
  • By the end of third grade, children are reading to learn, not learning to read.

“Third grade is a turning point in a child’s academic career,” FWISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner said. “All statistics show it is a make-it-or-break-it time for successful students.”

The campaign’s supporters to date:

  • City of Fort Worth
  • Fort Worth ISD
  • BNSF Railway
  • Amon G. Carter Foundation
  • Rainwater Charitable Foundation
  • Sid W. Richardson Foundation
  • Miles Foundation
  • Morris Family Foundation
  • R4 Foundation
  • United Way of Tarrant County
  • North Texas Community Foundation
  • The Commit! Partnership

Learn more.

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