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Reading Program in LRSD Elementary Schools Draws Debate

Parents want to keep current reading program, while the superintendent wants to change it.

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Little Rock School superintendent and some parents are at odds at the approach to teach students how to read.

Dr. Dexter Suggs unveiled a portion of his plan to the media Thursday.

His proposal calls for a reading specialist at all of the district's elementary schools to work with a group of three to nine students.

The current reading specialists in place are credited for giving a lot of one-on-one attention to address students' needs.

"Everything we are doing is based on sound research, based on sound data that we have gathered to ensure that we will provide the best possible service for our students," Suggs said.

Some parents have signed a petition, urging the board and Superintendent Suggs to keep the current plan in place.

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