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Educators Discover
Their Big Problem Is Grade School

SACRAMENTO, CA -- California educators, trying to form a united front to improve the public schools, have discovered that their biggest problem is what the children didn't learn in grade school. The educators are now saying that the root of the problem is the failure of the students to master skills that should be learned in the 1st through 3rd grades.

"The No. 1 priority of our entire school system is what's happening in K-3," Joe Dolphin, president of the Sacramento Community College Board, told the meeting of school administrators on October 31. This was the first-ever joint meeting of the State Board of Education, the Community Colleges Board of Governors, and the CSU Board of Trustees.

This was one of many self-evaluation meetings that have taken place in California since a state task force reported the "crisis" of illiteracy among schoolchildren caused by the use of the Whole Language method.

See Education Reporter, October 1995.

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