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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

Marriage Equality

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today issued the following statement in reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on Marriage Equality:
-- U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Baltimore Mayor
"Today is a great day for America's families. The U.S. Conference of Mayors hails the Supreme Court's decisions today on marriage equality.  This historic decision will dramatically improve the lives of same-sex couples in cities across the nation.
"It is particularly gratifying for an organization such as ours that has been in the forefront of efforts to provide full equality for gay and lesbian Americans since 1984.  USCM adopted policy opposing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in 1984.  In 2009, we adopted policy in support of the freedom to marry, and one year ago reaffirmed that policy and urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that freedom to marry is the right of all Americans.
"The Conference was proud to sign onto a brief along with 226 mayors, 40 cities, Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, and other national organizations that urged the Court to end marriage discrimination nationwide.   We all believed it was the right thing to do, and now, the Supreme Court has affirmed that belief and made marriage equality the law of the land."
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.

SOURCE The U.S. Conference of Mayors
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