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Phonics Is Important, But...


Last updated 4/14/2021 at 4:41pm

“The science is in. The science of reading won the reading war. Phonics won,” said North Carolina State Superintendent Catherine Truitt in support of the Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021.

While there are good aspects to the legislation that Gov. Cooper signed, Truitt’s hyperbolic and overly simplistic statement raises concerns that the state legislature and Department of Public Instruction will prescribe what programs must be used in the schools and take more authority away from teachers.

The state’s recent record in such attempts has not been good. In 2012, the state passed t...

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