Former Teacher of the Year writes letter to BOE about Voyager

By: Laurie Ott Email
By: Laurie Ott Email

May 2, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---A former national Teacher of the Year has written a letter, wanting to make sure school board members talk to teachers about the Voyager reading program before they decide to keep it.

Andy Baumgartner left teaching in Richmond County for Columbia County, and he stated publicly at the time it was because of Voyager.

Baumgartner was a nationally-decorated teacher and had decades of classroom experience.

We interviewed him last year in our special investigation into Voyager, where he said the scripted program took away from teacher creativity.

To see Mr. Baumgartner's entire letter to board members, click here.


April 28, 2006: Special Assignment: The Price of Education

April 28, 2006: Is Voyager Learning System failing Richmond County students?

May 2, 2006: Voyager's response to News 12's Special Assignment: The Price of Education

December 13, 2006: Voyager declines to be interviewed

December 13, 2006: Richmond County Board of Education’s Position on Voyager Universal Literacy Program

December 14, 2006: Voyager: Linda Schrenko's Legacy of Literacy

April 19, 2007: Voyager learning program to be evaluated

April 23, 2007: Teachers, administrators evaluate Voyager

April 30, 2007: Public speaks out about Voyager

For News 12's complete coverage of the Linda Schrenko spending scandal, click here.

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  • by Heather Meadows, News 12 Web Producer Location: North Augusta, SC on May 4, 2007 at 10:58 AM
    My apologies. The document didn't scan correctly. I will get it scanned and uploaded again as soon as I can.
  • by Terry Location: homemaker on May 4, 2007 at 10:07 AM
    Why are pages 3 and 4 missing from the Mr. Baumgartner's letter? I tried to access from "As Seen on 12" as well as item 10 "News 12 Most Popular" both ways, pages 3 and 4 are missing. Can you fix please?
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