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Big volunteer campaign needed to help Schenectady's kids learn to read

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The reaction of most Schenectady residents to Superintendent Laurence Spring's recent revelation that 60 percent of the kids in the city school district can't read at grade level was a sad, resigned shake of the head. The reaction of Al Magid, a former college professor who lives in Niskayuna but whose wife used to teach English in Schenectady, was different. It was anger, and a desire to do something. That something is a major volunteer ...


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