State Rep. Bill G. Schuette today voted against a Democrat plan to lower literacy requirements at elementary schools throughout Michigan.
Current law sets children throughout the state on a course for success. It requires an assessment of a child’s reading level, employs possible methods to address any deficiencies and gives parents updates on their child’s progress. The law was crafted with input from teachers, parents and education experts.
Schuette noted the retention aspect of the third-grade reading law has barely taken effect. But Democrats in majority are forging ahead as the state currently ranks 43rd out of 50 states in fourth-grade reading scores.
“Our reading scores in Michigan are embarrassing, we are failing the children of our state.” Schuette said. “It is the height of irony that during ‘Reading Month’, Democrats are voting to lower our literacy standards.”
Republicans in the House proposed multiple amendments as Senate Bill 12 moved through the legislative process, including ensuring parents and guardians are involved with intervention strategies for students who are not reading at their grade level after fourth grade and grants of up to $1,000 for tutoring and other services if a child is severely behind in reading proficiency. The amendments, however, were rejected by Democrat majority.
“By repealing this law and rejecting our amendments, Democrats are again rejecting parental involvement in education. We know that the best outcomes for students happen when parents have a seat at the table in their child’s education. This the wrong approach for our states, our education system and our children will pay the price.” Schuette said.
The bill will soon go to the governor’s desk for consideration.
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