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In suburban Houston, parents rose up against a top-rated school district, demanding an entirely new reading curriculum.
At an elementary school in Hutchinson, Minn., a veteran teacher is crusading for reform, haunted by the fear that, for 28 years, she failed children because she was not trained in the cognitive science behind reading.
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Sarah Mervosh is a national reporter covering education. She previously covered the coronavirus pandemic and breaking news. More about Sarah MervoshA version of this article appears in print on April 16, 2023, Section A, Page 18 of the New York edition with the headline: ‘Kids Can’t Read,’ and the Education Establishment Faces a Revolt. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe