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PBS NewsHour Takes on the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Ohio's new third grade reading guarantee, which will require third graders to pass the state reading test in order to be promoted to fourth grade, is a big deal in Ohio elementary schools this year.

It caught the attention of PBS NewsHour, which devoted a segment to the topic this month.

In the segment, state Sen Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, tells NewsHour that she thinks the state should contribute another $50-60 million to fund efforts to teach students to read by the end of third grade.

Lehner also points to the apparent success of a similar third grade reading requirement in Florida:

PEGGY LEHNER: What they have seen is there have been significant improvements academically in those -- in the children who were retained from their peers who moved on. And that has held for up to five years.

[NewsHour's] JOHN TULENKO: But Florida spent heavily on interventions, including summer school. Ohio hasn't, betting the threat of holding students back will be enough to guarantee that all third graders will learn to read.

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