CRAWFORD: Third grade reading reform

“Transformational change” said Gov. Phil Bryant, thanking the Legislature for enacting key elements of his “Education Works” agenda. “I thank the Legislature for working with me to raise the bar for public education and create transformational change for our children,” he said.

“Half-hearted” said the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, describing the Bryant’s “Third Grade Gate” literacy measure as passed by the Legislature, one of the key elements in Education Works.

“The third-gate idea has proven merit, but a half-hearted effort won’t get the job done,” the newspaper said.

Bryant says his Third Grade Gate program will improve literacy achievement by “ending social promotion of third grade students who are not reading on grade level.”

Bill Crawford
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