March 23, 2007, 6:14AM
Report finds Education Department improperly backed aspects of reading program
By NANCY ZUCKERBROD
WASHINGTON — Education Department officials and their contractors appear to have improperly backed certain types of instruction in administering a $1 billion-a-year reading program, congressional investigators found.
The Government Accountability Office report supports assertions by the inspector general of the Education Department, who has released several reports in recent months into the Reading First program.
The program is a key part of the 2002 No Child Left Behind law. It offers intensive reading help for low-income and struggling schools.
The GAO, Congress' investigative and auditing arm, surveyed states to get their views on the program.
In a report due out Friday and obtained by The Associated Press, the GAO states that some states said they received suggestions from federal officials or contractors to adopt or eliminate certain programs or tests.
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