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In Sarasota County, Intervention Starts Early For Struggling Readers

October 30, 2017

Sarasota County is the only public school district in Florida offering the program. It exists in large part because of a local couple who pitched the program to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.  

The overall cost of the Reading Recovery program this year in Sarasota County Schools is $1.46 million. That includes covering the cost of half the salaries of 34 teachers, a teacher leader, and the training, curriculum and consultant costs.

The program's expansion this year is the result of a public-private partnership that also includes the school district and new donors. Funding also comes from federal Title I dollars, district money for non-Title I schools, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

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