CTC Foundation Reading First Project
A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Foundation
A CTC Foundation Project
Annapolis, MD Arlington, VA Bogota, NJ Charleston, SC Pompano Beach and Naples, FL San Antonio, TX, Savannah, GA, Washington, DC
The following document
is a request for tax deductible funding donations
for the CTC Foundation Reading First Project
The CTC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
The CTC Foundation Reading First Project
“When I was governor of West Virginia in the early 1990s, there was a ranking of developed countries based on the number of young
people who had earned college degrees. Among 25 to 34 year-olds, the United States ranked third. I remember thinking that wasn't
good enough. We used to be No. 1; we should lead the world in education attainment again. Today, we are ranked 12th-- behind
Russia, Japan, and Korea. And if the pattern continues, soon to be behind a host of other nations smart enough to match their
understanding of the importance of college completion with the investments that make it possible. At the precise time that the
importance of a college degree is increasing, the ability of the United States to compete in a global economy is decreasing. This is a
trend we must reverse.” – Gaston Caperton, College Board President. August 2, 2010.
The CTC Foundation Reading First Project is the largest and most important Program in the history of education. The
mission of the CTC Reading First Project is to save our failing schools, failing students, and failing nation by solving the
major academic and economic problems in our country’s education system.
Today’s techno-savvy students are bored, unengaged, and frustrated with the lack of modern computer technologies in
their classrooms; the same assistive technologies they use every day outside the school environment.
Student achievement is at an all time low. High schools dropout rates are increasing each year and are currently over
7,000 students per day. Fifty percent of those who enter college are unprepared and fail to graduate. At a time, when our
education system needs vast improvement, our state school budgets are being cut and cut again in this difficult economy.
Schools are being closed and good teachers are being fired!
The Reading First Project provides a solution to these problems with a nationwide CodeRead® Rewards Card
Program that allows parents and teachers to earn cash credits towards FREE Personal Laptop Computers for themselves
and their school children, and FREE, state approved, advanced interactive, multimedia Digital Textbooks, Readers,
Workbooks, Reference Materials, and Teaching Aids for their states’ K-12 schools.
The Reading First Project accomplishes this Program at no expense to the states, schools, or parents by applying the costs
to the commercial marketplace
Exciting 21st Century Digital Reading and learning technology will completely turn around our failing education system
and stimulate our students with a new passion for school and the learning process.
Individual computers will allow each of our students and teachers to take full advantage of the many new and engaging
digital reading and teaching technologies that make reading, studying, and learning much easier, infinitely more efficient
and effective, and just simply more interesting and enjoyable.
The CTC Reading First Project will stimulate a significant increase in the quantity and quality of next generation
educators, scientists, mathematicians, researchers, business entrepreneurs, professionals, artists, skilled workers,
technicians, and statesmen to restore our Nation’s position as the world leader in science, technology, education, and the
No single program can solve all of the problems in our education system. However, the CTC Reading First Project will
provide a solid base to launch our country forward into the exciting and stimulating 21st Century Digital Education Age
for all of our teachers and students.
The Project will bring countrywide awareness of the critical problems in our failing education system and rally assistance
from all of our citizens.
The Project will also generate many additional new programs that will further the rapid acquisition of personal computers
and digital schoolbooks for all of our students.
A the same time the Program will save each state billions of dollars in present and future education funding,
Once underway, the CTC Foundation Reading First Project will quickly generate its own funding; however, the need for
advertising and media costs, sales force and software support, magnetic cards, brochures, and mailing costs, will require
startup funding for the first states to be activated.
Please join us now—with a donation, and, as a member of our Advisory Board.
You have the opportunity to significantly change the future of our schools, our children, and the nation!
The CTC Foundation Reading First Project
“In the international competition to have the biggest and best supply of knowledgeable workers, America is
falling behind. In math and science, our 4th graders are among the top students in the world. By 8th grade,
they’re in the middle of the pack. By 12th grade, U.S. students are scoring near the bottom of all industrialized
nations. We have one of the highest high school dropout rates in the industrialized world. Many who graduate
do not go onto college. And many who do go on to college are not well-prepared – and end up dropping out.
The poor performance of our high schools in preparing students for college is a major reason why the United
States has now dropped from first to fifth in the percentage of young adults with a college degree.” – Bill Gates'
"America’s high schools are obsolete" speech to the National Governor's Association. February 26, 2005.
The Problem: Failing Schools, Failing Students, Failing Nation—
We hear every day that our education system is in serious crisis and decline; failing our students, and affecting the future
of the nation.
The education of our children is the most important challenge in the nation today; affecting every aspect of society.
Today’s children grow up, almost from birth, with computers, cell phones, and all sorts of assistive digital devices and
educational computer software, giving them a significant intellectual advantage over students in other countries.
Bill Gates notes, “Research has shown that our children enter grade school as the smartest students on the planet.”
When they reach the schoolhouse steps, however, they are told to leave all this wonderful assistive digital technology at
home, and are expected to read, study, and learn with the same boring and outdated traditional paper textbooks and study
materials we have used for the past 240 years!
Simply stated—our modern, techno-savvy students are bored, unexcited, unengaged, unchallenged, and frustrated with the
lack of modern digital computer technology in their classrooms.
Our schools are failing because we have not met our obligation to supply the best educational technologies available to
students that think faster, multi-tasks every day, and are more prepared to learn than any other generation in the history of
mankind. Tragically, with the availability of all the advanced assistive computer technologies and communication media
that could revolutionize our education system, the students in school today are the first generations of Americans who will
be less educated than their parents!
Globally, the education of our children is now dangerously below average; ranking 14th in reading, 17th in science, and
25th in math. Student achievement is decreasing significantly each year. High School dropout rates are dramatically
increasing and are presently over 7,000 students per day. That’s over 1,300,000 H.S. students lost every year!
By the 12th grade those, who do graduate, rank near the bottom of the global educational scale. Almost 50% of the
students admitted to colleges are woefully unprepared, and fail to graduate.
At a time, when our education system needs vast improvement, our state school budgets are being cut and cut again in this
difficult economy. Schools are being closed and good teachers are being fired! Over 160,000 good teachers are being let
go this year; many will be lost forever!
It is estimated that by the year 2020 there will be 123 million high-paying, high-skill jobs in the United States,
but only 50 million Americans will be qualified to fill these positions.
"A host of developed nations are already out-educating us.
The U.S. economy stands to lose tens of trillions of dollars, if we don't stop napping at the wheel."
–United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
The Solution: Free Digital Book Technology and Computers for all our Students—
Imagine how many social, economic, and environmental, as well as health and hunger problems we could solve that are
handicapping the growth of our nation and others, if we could just better educate our young citizens!
In order to expect our students to strive for higher standards and achievement in their education, we must lead the way by
demonstrating that our school systems are ready and willing to move out of the dark ages and into the 21st Century digital
age with personal portable computers and modern digital reading, teaching, and learning tools and technologies.
Advanced 21st Century Digital Technology has provided us with a positive solution for both the academic and economic
problems in our schools that will completely reverse the direction of our declining education system.
We now have an exciting and engaging new digital book technology and communication media that makes reading,
studying, and learning much easier, infinitely more efficient and effective, and just simply more interesting and
Interactive multimedia, digital textbooks, workbooks, readers, reference materials, and teaching aids will stimulate
and motivate our students with an increased passion and desire to remain in school and collaborate
enthusiastically with their teachers in the educational process.
The introduction of this exciting and engaging digital reading technology into our schools is long overdue. However, the
transition to these advanced 21st Century educational tools has been handicapped by two seemingly insurmountable
problems: the lack of federal and state school budget funding, and the lack of PERSONAL PORTABLE COMPUTERS
for all our nation’s students.
The CTC Reading First Project provides a solution to both of these obstacles by eliminating the cost of schoolbooks and
Personal Laptop Computers in our schools, and applying these costs to the commercial marketplace through the
nationwide CodeRead® Rewards Card Program.
Parents, students, relatives, friends, and all citizens concerned for the education of our children can receive their Program
Application and Brochure, explaining the Free Computer and Digital Schoolbooks Program, through their individual
state school systems or participating national, regional, and local merchants. A simple application form can be filled out
online or mailed, and their Coderead® Rewards Cards will arrive by mail within two weeks. Members can begin to use
their Rewards Cards immediately at participating national, regional, and local stores and businesses. National, regional,
and local business accepting the Rewards Cards will provide discount reward credits to their customer’s personal
CodeRead® Rewards Account for every purchase.
A Unique Feature of the Coderead® Rewards Card Program is that each participant can cash in their rewards credits to
acquire any item in the Service Center Catalog—FREE; OR, they can use any portion of their rewards credits and pay the
balance in cash or credit card, to immediately acquire the already discounted Catalog Items. Items are always shipped
FREE to the customer.
Parents applying to the Program can receive TWO CodeRead® Rewards Cards if requested, so that each parent will have
their Card handy when they shop! Additionally, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends, and other relatives can also apply
for their own CodeRead® Rewards Cards: so that they can also receive FREE Computers and other Digital Devices and
Software from the Catalog; OR, they can at any time TRANSFER any portion or all of their accumulated Rewards
Credits to another account member, by simply going online to the Catalog Service Center and clicking on the
TRANSFER CREDITS feature. This feature is especially helpful to allow relatives, friends, and family members to
expedite the acquisition of Personal Portable Computers for our students.
The Reading First Project: A win-win Program for all involved—
National, Regional, and Local merchants will gain long term loyal customers and significant promotional and
advertising advantages, as well as national recognition for their participation and contributions in rejuvenated
the Nation’s education system.
Students will begin a new and exciting educational adventure that will assure a successful future.
Teachers will finally have the 21st Century digital teaching tools to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
The States will save millions and eventually billions of dollars in present and future school funding.
Parents and our schools will be relieved of the financial burden of providing computers and other digital
devices, as well as digital schoolbooks for their student’s education.
The Nation will be enhanced, and its future assured, as we regain our place as the most educated, advanced,
and successful country on the planet.
The Free Personal Computer Program is also available to teachers, parents, and all citizens concerned
for the improvement of our nation’s education system, as well as to all college students, who now will be
able to advance their education with the most state-of-the-art digital devices, software, and computer
technologies, as they benefit from becoming the next generation of loyal customers for participating merchants.
The Program will save each state billions of dollars in present and future education funding, and allow
every student in our Nation to reap the enormous benefits of the exciting, engaging, and stimulating 21 st
Century Digital Reading and Learning Technologies.
Interactive, multimedia digital schoolbook technology gives our students the assurance that they can take control of
their education in a way never before imagined. Personal Computers and Digital Schoolbooks give students the tools to
tap a universe of knowledge. No longer will they be bound by the constraints of a classroom or limited by an antiquated
Personal Laptop Computers allow every student in the nation to reap the enormous benefits of these exciting, engaging,
and stimulating 21st Century digital reading and learning technologies.
Digital Schoolbooks will also give our already excellent teachers an entirely new education format that will produce a far
greater quantity and quality of better educated, prepared, and enthusiastic student graduates, who will become the next
generation educators, scientists, mathematicians, researchers, business entrepreneurs, professionals, artists, skilled
workers, technicians, and statesmen to restore our Nation’s position as the world leader in science, technology, education,
and the global economy.
Our children are the future. The students we help save today are the future citizens who
will find a cure for cancer and other diseases, solve many of our economic, environmental,
and social problems, and make our world a better place to live.
The CTC Foundation Reading First Project is a Four (4) Phase Program:
Phase One, School Systems Research and Analysis Visitation Program, began in 2007. The entire Reading First Project
team individually and in pairs traveled to 36 US states and the District of Columbia over a two year period and visited
various school districts in each state. The visitations were randomly picked using a variety of criteria: including, but not
limited to, school sizes, district size, socioeconomic levels, tax base and structure, and school, district, and state
administrations. Of primary concerns were the observations of any and all technologies used by students, teachers, and
administrations (such as, computers, software teaching tools and aids, school digital networks, etc.) Special attention was
paid to the particular types of math, science, and language programs that were used, in both traditional textbook and
digital formats. The goal of our research and analysis phase was to determine the most efficient and effective ways to
solve both the academic and economic problems degrading our nation’s education system.
Phase Two, Development of the National Digital Schoolbook Library, began in 2009, and included the website design
and software maintenance design. Concurrent with the initiation of this phase of the Program was the acquisition of
patented software that would allow the Foundation to create and produce original interactive, multimedia digital
textbooks, workbooks, readers, teaching aids, tools, and materials, and reference books. Additional patented software was
also acquired and modified that would allow for the conversion of existing paper schoolbook materials into digital format.
A software program was also created to manage these and other digital formatted materials within the National Digital
Schoolbook Library Program.
Phase Three, Development of the CTC Foundation Reading First Project, CodeRead® Rewards Card Program, began in
2009, concurrent with the Phase Two initiative. This Phase began with the exploration and development of strategic
relationships with school systems, corporations, private citizens, marketing groups, and national, regional, and local
merchant associations, as described in the preceding sections (See: The Solution).
Phase Four, Activation of the CodeRead® Rewards Card Program and the Free Personal Computer and Free Digital
Schoolbooks Project is scheduled to begin in April 2012. The number of states initially activated will depend on the
success of the current funding program.
Each CTC Foundation Project has its own funding center. Since its establishment in 2007, the CTC Reading First Project
has elected not to seek outside funding. To date, Phase One, School Program Research and Development of Patented
Digital Book software; Phase Two, establishment of the National Digital Schoolbook Library; and Phase 3, Development
of the CodeRead® Rewards Card Program, have been funded solely by the Project’s founder, George Hay, and the Hay
family. Mr. Hay has also acquired and donated to the Foundation patented software, which will allow the Reading First
Project to produce original digital schoolbooks and materials, and to convert existing paper textbooks, readers,
workbooks, and teaching and reference materials into exciting digital schoolbooks.
Once underway, the Project will quickly generate its own funding; however, due to the size and scope of the Program, and
the number of students per state, outside funding sources will now be required for the initial startup of Phase Four,
Activation of the CodeRead® Rewards Card and the FREE Personal Computers and Digital Schoolbooks Program.
The Foundation is therefore soliciting donations for the Phase 4 Startup Program. Please join us with a donation and, if
you wish, as part of our Advisory Board to help us make a difference in our schools, our students, and our nation.
Use of Funds—
There are approximately 60 million K-12 students and teachers in the US. There are 14.4 million college students.
Approximately 62.8% of students have computers; however, many of these units are outdated or desktop models.
Approximately 66% of teachers have their own computers. Many are also less than state-of-the-art or desktop models.
Almost 80% of US households have at least one computer. Many of these units are not powerful enough to take
advantage of all the new and advanced digital reading and teaching technologies.*
Providing all of our teachers and students with the proper tools to move into a 21st Century digital educational system, is
long overdue. The goal of the CTC Foundation Reading First Project is to convert every state in the nation to digital
technology with FREE individual portable computers for each student and FREE Digital Schoolbooks and teaching aids
for our schools.
The Foundation has identified 15 states and the District of Columbia to be activated during its initial Program rollout by
September 2012. Total number of students is 21,255,397
# of Students # of Students
New Jersey 1,380,000 Maryland 1,027,293
Florida 2,927,136 Virginia 1,305,825
Louisiana 867,210 North Carolina 1,459,509
Mississippi 542,651 South Carolina 767,349
Arizona 1,066,152 Georgia 1,641,248
Texas 4,575,871 Ohio 2,086,786
Delaware 146,138 Washington State 1,105,545
Idaho 263,530 District of Columbia 93,154
It is anticipated that New Jersey will be the first state to be activated. The state has 1,380,800 K-12 students. The cost of
the startup program for the state of New Jersey at $1.50 per student is $2,071,200.
The need for advertising and media costs, sales force and software support, magnetic cards, brochure, and mailing costs,
will require startup funding for the first states to be activated. Additional states will be activated individually or
simultaneously, depending on the amount of startup funding available. It is anticipated that all 50 states will be activated
prior to June 2013. Once underway, the Project will quickly generate its own funding.
Each participating national, regional, and local merchant will provide cash rewards credits for all purchase transaction
made by participating members of the Reading First Project. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the cash rewards are credited
to the member’s CodeRead® Rewards Card Account, and can be used for the acquisition of a free personal computer or
the many other digital devices and assistive software technologies available from the CodeRead® Rewards Card Catalog
Service Center. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the cash reward credit is applied to the maintenance of the National Digital
Schoolbook Library for the acquisition of FREE, state approved, digital textbooks, readers, workbooks, reference books,
teaching aids and tools, and other materials that can be accessed by all of our nation’s schools, teachers, students, and
The CTC Foundation Reading First Project maintains a close affiliation and working relationship with the
University of Central Florida, College of Education. During our long association, the College has consulted on
all aspects in the research and development of multiple digital reading platforms, including the compilation and
analysis of the significant university research data available on the advantages of multi-sensory audio and visual
reading for increasing fluency, reading comprehension, reading readiness, and prosody. Additionally, the
College consults and assists in the determination of textbooks, readers, workbooks, and reference books and
materials currently approved for state school programs, as well as, approval and analysis of materials, data,
content, and presentation to be used in the digital conversion of existing books, and the writing and production
of new digital textbooks, readers, workbooks, and reference books and materials.
The University of Central Florida (UCF) is a major metropolitan research university whose mission is to deliver
a comprehensive program of teaching, research, and service. The University serves students who are diverse in
age, ethnic and racial identity, and socioeconomic background. The UCF College of Education’s departments,
Instructional Programs and Educational Leadership, Educational Foundations, and Human Services and
Wellness offer 11 Baccalaureate, 16 Master's, 3 Specialist, 2 Ed.D., and 3 Ph.D. Programs.
The College of Education is a member of the Holmes Partnership, a network of prestigious research universities
in collaboration with key national professional organizations engaged in a partnership to create high quality
professional development and significant school renewal, as well as the Renaissance Group, a national
consortium of colleges and universities noted for their teacher education programs that prepare one of every
twelve teachers in the United States. In addition to the Holmes Partnership and the Renaissance Group,
partnerships and collaborations include, but are not limited to, the UCF/Orlando Science Center Holmes
Partnership; The UCF/Auburn/Stetson Holmes Partnership; Project CENTRAL; Arts for a Complete Education;
Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy for Mathematics and Sciences; SUNLINK; SUNRAY; and the Urban
Teaching Residency Partnership. While this list is in no way considered inclusive, it does indicate the depth
and breadth of partnerships, collaborative efforts, as well as state and federal grant projects. (See
The CTC Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation (#25-1811888), established in 1998, and headquartered in
Washington, DC. The Foundation’s goal is to improve the quality of life for the general public through unique economic
development that involves the private and public sectors as well as non-profit organizations. The Foundation seeks to
mainstream niche technologies and has done so in environmental, energy, and educational programs.
The CTC Foundation Reading First Project is the largest and most important Program in the history of education. Its
mission is to solve the critical academic and economic problems in the Nation’s education system by supplying FREE
Personal laptop Computers and State Approved Digital Schoolbooks to all of the nation’s public and private schools,
teachers, and students. The CTC Project was established in 2007 and has regional offices in DC, FL, GA, MD, NJ/NY,
SC, TX, and VA.
The goal of the CTC Reading First Project is to completely reverse the direction of our failing schools and
failing students, and guarantee the future of our nation by:
Eliminating the cost of schoolbooks and computers in our states’ school budgets, and applies these costs to
the commercial marketplace.
Providing a method for parents to acquire FREE Personal Laptop Computers for each of their students.
Personal Laptop Computers allow each student to take full advantage of the many new, exciting, and
stimulating 21st Century interactive, multimedia Digital Book Technologies that make reading, studying, and
learning much easier, infinitely more efficient and effective, and just simply more interesting and enjoyable.
Providing FREE, State Approved, interactive, multimedia, Digital Textbooks, Readers, Workbooks,
Reference Books, and Teaching Aids to every school, teacher, librarian, student, and parent in our states’
public and private school systems through the National Digital Schoolbook Library Program.
Exciting and engaging our students with a revolutionary new digital way to read, study, and learn that will
stimulate a new passion for school and the learning process, and correct the serious reading and learning
deficiencies in the Nation’s schools.
Significantly improving student achievement, and stimulating their interest in school and the learning
process; radically decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, college entrances,
success, and completion rates.
Giving our educators the Digital Teaching and Learning Tools to produce a greater quantity and quality of
next generation educators, scientists, mathematicians, researchers, professionals, business entrepreneurs,
artists, technicians, skilled workers, and statesmen to regain our nation’s position as world leader in
science, technology, education, and the global economy.
Saving each states’ school budget millions and eventually billions of dollars in present and future education
funding. The enormous savings in state budgets will allow schools to provide programs to purchase
additional computers for disadvantaged students, as well as support teachers benefits and other important
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Members and Bios, Press Releases, Project Summary, and a complete description of The CTC Foundation and the CTC
Foundation Reading First Project, go to the CTC Reading First Project Website: www.CodeRead.org , and
click Document Downloads.
www.CTC.com (The Concurrent Technologies Corporation Website)
www.ctcfoundation.org (The Concurrent Technologies Corporation Foundation Website)
http://ctc.com/public/files/AnnualReport.pdf (CTC Annual and Financial Reports)
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Howard G. McClintic, Executive Director
1225 S. Clark St., Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22202
CTC Foundation Reading First Project
George Hay, Project Director
Sands Harbor Marina Complex
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33335
CTC Foundation Reading First Project—Regional Offices
101 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 843-259-4846
6019 Pine Ridge Rd., Suite 343, Naples, FL 34119 941-375-2675
Box 4667, Annapolis, MD 21403 443-994-0323
32 Wings Rd. Savannah, GA 31408 843-259-4846
1053 Rifle Range Rd., Suite 3E, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 843-259-4846
Western States Coordinator, San Antonio, TX 843-259-4846
1225 S. Clark St., Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22202 703-310-5688
Box 40218, Washington, DC 20016 202-689-4586
137 South Street, Bogota, NJ 07603 (NY/NJ office) 561-445-4966
For Tax Deductible Donations,
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CTC Reading First Project
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33335
A CTC Foundation 501(c)(3) Project