Third graders who fail the state’s reading test might not be able to graduate to 4th grade. That’s if Governor Rick Snyder signs a bill headed his way.
The bill stalled a bit over the summer, but Wednesday it quickly jumped from the House to the Senate for a final vote. Wednesday was also the last time the Senate and House would meet on the same day before the election.
An early literacy bill is expected to clear the Michigan Legislature on Wednesday, requiring third-graders be held back if they lag in reading, though there are a number of exemptions to let kids still advance for "good cause."
Negotiators resolved differences Tuesday between House- and Senate-passed versions of the legislation, which would make Michigan the 17th state with such rules.