Whitmer wants to get rid of 3rd grade reading law

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According to our partners at MLive, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said today she’ll work to overturn a 2016 law that requires students to repeat third grade if their reading performance is too low.

Michigan’s incoming third-graders will be the first group subject to a 2016 law requiring students to repeat third grade if their reading performance is too low.

And in recent years, Whitmer said, the Legislature’s response to the issue was the blame and punish. She went on to say her budget would triple the number of literacy coaches in the state as well as calling for more money for all low-income students, who tend to have substantially worse outcomes.

“This isn’t just about equal but about equity and making sure that kids with the biggest needs have those needs met,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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