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Op-Ed: Implementing Science of Reading in all schools provides more equitable opportunity

Submitted by: Rep. Tom Young

Published April 30, 2023 in Dayton Daily News


DDN Editor’s Note: National organization StriveTogether announced this week that Learn to Earn Dayton received its highest designation - Systems Transformation. The honor signifies that Learn to Earn Dayton is on the leading edge of building the civic infrastructure necessary for all students to succeed, a designation bestowed on only three communities in the nation. Throughout this week, Learn to Earn Dayton’s local, state and national partners will highlight the successes of their collective action approach, and the power of aligning with a shared vision across the cradle-to-career continuum to ensure that all learners have equal opportunity to achieve.


For educators, there is no tool more indispensable than the book. For students, there is no tool more foundational to their education than their literacy. Literacy is instrumental to learning.

Improving the literacy of Ohioans is an economic imperative. Our economic sustainability and vitality depends on it. Policy makers must research best educational practices and determine how those practices can shape good public policy. We want to make Ohio the leader in job growth where families can thrive, and student literacy is critical to that growth.

Learn to Earn Dayton is a decorated member of StriveTogether, a nationwide network of organizations that promote educational attainment and foster better education practices. In partnership with organizations like Learn to Earn Dayton, we know what practices work best to maximize and deepen student learning. Those practices are evident in many Ohio schools, but they still are still not the norm.

The Science of Reading is one of those best practices; it is an established methodology with demonstrable results – it is critical to helping Ohio create a generation of students that is ready for long-term educational success.

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