The Campaign for Grade-Level
Reading named Iowa a State Pacesetter for its work in addressing educational
challenges and promoting reading skills in children from low-income families.
Gov. Terry Branstad accepted the honor at a reception last night at the Evelyn
K. Davis Center for Working Families. T
he Pacesetter honor is given to states
and communities that have "led by example" to solve one or more of
the challenges that can undermine early reading success: school readiness,
chronic absenteeism and summer learning loss. Ames, Council Bluffs, Des Moines,
Dubuque, Marshalltown and the Quad Cities were also recognized for their work.