Bill Targets Third-Graders For Reading Help

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Ohio third-graders lagging in reading skills face the possibility of being held back for up to two school years under a sweeping overhaul of state education policy that has cleared the state legislature on Wednesday.
   
The so-called third grade reading guarantee is modeled after a Florida program that's shown positive results in improving reading scores. It's one of dozens of elements in the education bill that cleared the Ohio House on Wednesday, and the Senate agreed to the changes.
   
The bill solicits recommendations for a statewide birth-to-third-grade literacy education strategy. It requires eye exams for special needs students and makes way for greater use of technology across public education.
   
The measure also adjusts training and retesting requirements for teachers deemed ineffective.
   
Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign the bill.