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Alabama House gives final passage to reading bill

The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Kay Ivey.

Posted: May 30, 2019 6:14 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama could become the next state to require third grade students to pass a reading test before moving to fourth grade.

The bill would require third graders to meet reading benchmarks beginning in the 2021-22 school year.

The House of Representatives on Thursday agreed to a Senate amendment. The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Kay Ivey.

The bill also spells out initiatives to try to boost reading scores. Those include summer reading camps and providing local and regional specialists to work with struggling students.

About 16 states demand third grade students pass a reading score threshold or repeat the grade.

Supporters said statistics show students who can't read on grade level will struggle throughout their academic careers. Opponents said the bill threatens struggling students with failure but does not adequately provide funding to help them.

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