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Senate panel to take up bill on reading programs

By Associated Press 11:13 AM January 29, 2014

Under the bill, school districts are to provide students with reachable goals in meeting grade level expectations.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Senate Education Committee began hearings Wednesday on establishing a reading program for kindergarten through third grade public school students to meet grade level expectations.

Alaska Senate President Charlie Huggins, a Republican from Wasilla who sits on the committee,  said that it is a shameful thing that even though Alaska has been a state for more than 50 years, it is just now getting around to declaring students need to read by the time they leave third grade.

Sponsor Sen. Gary Stevens, a Kodiak Republican, says the bill will receive careful consideration and not be rushed through the system.

Under the bill, school districts are to provide students with reachable goals in meeting grade level expectations.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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