Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

December 6, 2013

House doesn't vote on education bills

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan House has put off voting on legislation to hold back third-graders who aren’t proficient in reading and grade public schools from A to F instead of colors.

The House had been expected to approve the bills Thursday.

But Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger said lawmakers listened to educators with concerns about the legislation and will do more homework on the bills that passed a committee a day ago.

The legislation would prohibit students from starting fourth grade without passing the third-grade state reading assessment. Superintendents could decide not to hold back students if they demonstrate reading proficiency on an alternative test, in work samples or if they have a disability or are still learning English.

Legislators could vote on the bills next week before adjourning for the year.

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