Gov. Blagojevich to Hire Reading Specialists

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The governor wants to hire what he calls "reading specialists" for elementary schools in the states that aren't meeting standards set for the subject.

Blagojevich will announce the plan in his State of the State Address Thursday. Spokeswoman Rebecca Rausch says hundreds of schools that aren't meeting federal reading marks will be eligible for the specially trained teachers.

They are schools that haven't met the U.S. government's standard for "adequate" annual academic progress for two years running. There are 143 schools in that category currently outside of Chicago and 317 in the city.

Rausch says Chicago won't get a specialist for each school, but a lump-sum grant will allow that district more leeway in deciding how to use the money.