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Senators Approve Kansas Reading Initiative

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Kansas Senate has approved a modified version of Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to hold back young pupils who lack sufficient reading skills.

The compromise measure worked out with House negotiators cleared the Senate Thursday on a vote of 29-11. A vote in the House was expected Friday.

The bill would require low-performing school districts to retain first-graders who aren't proficient in reading based on an assessment. Any decision to hold a child back would require consultation between parents and school officials.

Brownback proposed in January that third-graders be held back if their reading scores were lacking. The proposal was part of his policy to improve fourth-grade reading scores statewide.


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