National Writing Project

Administration's Budget Proposal Writes Off Writing

Successful Program Slated for Elimination

For Immediate Release


WASHINGTON, DC, February 6, 2007 – The National Writing Project (NWP) has again been slated for elimination in the President's FY08 budget request to Congress. The administration claims the NWP is "unable to demonstrate effectiveness," a premise the Writing Project respectfully and adamantly disputes. National and local research studies demonstrate the project improves classroom instruction and, as a result, student writing achievement.

National Writing Project teachers find their experiences with NWP invaluable. For example:

"I am so empowered by the Writing Project. I have the confidence to ask questions, share what I know, and learn more. My students reap the benefits."
Margaret Westmoreland, English Teacher, Covington High School, Covington, LA
"The DC Area Writing Project has been in this community since 1995. It did not disappear when schools closed or administrators left. Teachers need to be challenged, too. The Writing Project is the reason I'm still teaching."
Elizabeth Davis, Technology Education Teacher, Hart Middle School, Washington, DC
"The Writing Project is my best hope to address issues of equity and social justice. I want schools like Langston to be on the right side of the digital divide and now I have a circle of friends and associates who are just as committed as I am."
Ben Bates, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and English, Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma.

Teachers are not alone in their high regard for the National Writing Project. The College Board's National Commission on Writing, which recently issued three reports outlining the importance of writing, also appreciates this worthwhile program. "I know the president cares deeply about education. To not support the teaching of writing is contradictory to that belief," said Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board. "The National Writing Project has a proven record of improving student achievement. It is a modest federal investment that provides a tremendous return."

"Research has consistently demonstrated the National Writing Project is an effective, highly important program that produces results," said Richard Sterling, NWP executive director. "As we've done in the past, we will take our case to Congress and we will work hard to ensure that America's students and teachers continue to have access to this highly effective program."

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