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“We have to give K-2 more attention,” state Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley said in an interview. Thousands of the state’s youngest students are unable to read on grade level, which has devastating consequences as they move from grade to grade. “This is the foundation of education,” said Tia Mills, president of the Louisiana Association of Educators, one of the state’s two teacher unions. “At that level students are learning to read so they can ultimately read to learn.” A state report earlier this year said only 43% of kindergarten students were reading on grade level, 54% of first graders, 56% of second graders and 53% of third graders. The data is even more alarming when noting racial disparities. While 52% of white kindergarten students are reading at or above grade level, only 36% of black students do so, according to figures compiled by the state Department of Education. Nearly 161,000 public school students are enrolled in the three grades under scrutiny. right here Tackling the issue of literacy among K-2 students was the highlight in a series of proposed sweeping changes that Brumley outlined to two groups last week that advise the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Both groups endorsed the push to address the issue.


"Theaters throughout the nation are offering this virtual production which promises to bring cheer to all who see it." Tickets for A CHRISTMAS CAROL are available to purchase via GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org through January 3, 2021. Jefferson Mays states, "A CHRISTMAS CAROL was my first experience of living theater. My mother and father would read it out loud every year. My father would tell the story with clarity and humanity, while my mother, eyes ablaze, would transform into the characters, from the tortured Jacob Marley , to little Fan and the entire Cratchit family. Both, in their ways, created magic. And now here we are, aspiring to bring this magic to people across the country during this challenging time." Michael Arden revealed that "My theater career began when I was a 10-year-old Texan playing Tiny Tim in the Midland Community Theatre production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. In a time when theaters and arts workers across the country are in great need, bringing a story that celebrates the power of creativity, community, and our shared humanity is humbling." And Hunter Arnold says, "Due to COVID-19, the country's theaters have lost over 80% of their income, a number that is devastating to our community. These theaters, the work they produce, and the artists and workers they support are a fundamental part of our society. We must fight for their survival." George Street Playhouse is a partner through a joint project between Arnold's TBD Pictures, La Jolla Playhouse, and On The Stage. Other partner theaters currently include Actors' Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse , Iowa Stage Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Sankofa Collective, Shea's Performing Arts Center, South Coast Repertory , Springfield Contemporary Theatre, Theatre Tallahassee, and Vermont Stage. A CHRISTMAS CAROL was filmed at New York's United Palace, chosen to preserve the power of the theatrical storytelling Mays and Arden have created.