Third-grade reading mandate in Miss. Legislature lacks funding

03/31/2013 | Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.), The

Mississippi lawmakers have yet to provide funding for additional reading instruction after approving a bill that would require third-graders to score proficient in state reading exams before being promoted. The governor has proposed $15 million for schools to hire reading specialists for elementary schools, but there is doubt that the funding is enough to boost third-grade literacy. "If you retain kids and give them the same old lousy thing, you have nothing," said Nancy Loome, executive director of Mississippi's Parents Campaign.

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