Gov. Mike & First Lady Fran DeWine give WCS high marks for an ‘outstanding’ job in advancing students’ reading skills

Gov Mike and First Lady Fran DeWine spent part of their day on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, hearing from teachers and administrators during a roundtable discussion at Warren G. Harding High School.

The governor praised Warren City Schools on the district’s efforts and accomplishments in advancing reading skills among students – including Warren’s youngest learners. He assured school leaders he understands the importance of support from the state level to local schools.

The discussion also included Ohio Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction J. Christopher Woolard, Ph.D.

The DeWines also outlined the newly announced the statewide ReadOhio initiative designed to encourage improved literacy skills for all ages, including the implementation of curriculum aligned with the science of reading in k-12 schools. The science of reading refers to research that has been conducted for decades by scientists and literacy experts that shows there is an actual science behind learning to read and that certain skills need to be taught, including phonics.

Part of the stop included a visit to the preschool room at Harding for a first-hand look at how Warren teachers interact with their early learners.

The governor said he appreciated the “wonderful, warm welcome,” he received from the district and especially loved the greeting from the Raider Band with a special surprise performance upon his arrival to Harding.

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