State hasn’t spent yet on literacy program

A new audit says the state has spent none of the $400,000 set aside as part of Gov. Scott Walker’s program aimed at boosting literacy and early childhood education.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the Read to Lead Development Fund is intended to provide grants to school boards and others to support programs that help boost reading.

The Legislative Audit Bureau report notes the fund was approved by the Legislature in 2011 and the fund established in April 2012.

In a statement, Walker spokeswoman Julie Lund said the project is an “ongoing initiative” and many other pieces of it are already under way, including new reading assessments, educator evaluations. She says there’s no deadline on the project.