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Bush Aims to Slash Literacy Funding

When President Bush unveiled his proposed budget for 2009, one of the first things that jumped out at book lovers was the elimination of funding for the Inexpensive Book Distribution program at Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). According to Carol Rasco, the nonprofit’s CEO and president, “Unless Congress reinstates $25.5 million in funding for this program, RIF would not be able to distribute 16 million books annually to the nation’s youngest and most at-risk children.” The cut would seem particularly misguided given all the hoopla raised throughout 2007 about the importance of getting (and keeping) America’s children passionate about reading.

**By the way, the First Lady is a former librarian.

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