A community effort to boost student reading proficiency has named an executive director to lead the push.
Munro Richardson will be the first to run Read Charlotte, which was announced earlier this year with the ambitious goal of doubling the percentage of third-grade students reading at grade level by the year 2025.
Richardson comes to Charlotte from Kansas City, Mo., where he’s spent the last few years founding start-up companies in the education arena. He was most recently co-founder and CEO of LigoSphere, a communication app for college students. Before that, he built teacher recruiting tool myEDmatch and sold it to a private equity firm.
Before the start-up world, Richardson spent a decade at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City-based group that supports education and entrepreneurship.
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Richardson earned a bachelor’s at the University of Kansas, master’s degrees from Harvard University and Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois.
Read Charlotte plans to use $5.5 million contributed from the city’s corporations and foundations to come up with programs and best practices to support literacy skills from birth to third grade.