In June 2021, the Connecticut legislature passed the “Right to Read'' legislation in Sections 394-404 of the Budget Implementer Bill, Public Act No. 21-2. The legislation systematizes a statewide reading response—based on the Science of Reading—by requiring the state to oversee all state and local efforts related to literacy, including setting reading curriculum requirements for districts, providing professional development, hiring external literacy coaches, and coordinating with teacher preparation programs. A newly established Center for Literacy Research and Reading Success (The Center) will be the hub of that work.
But now that the legislation has passed, what happens next?
This document outlines some of the state’s new requirements, followed by a timeline of key action steps.