Lawmaker Proposes Reading Proficiency Bill

Rep. Steve Huebert, R-Valley Center

Rep. Steve Huebert, R-Valley Center

(WIBW) - A Kansas House member is pushing a proposal he hopes gets more parents involved in their children's education.

Republican Steve Huebert of Valley Center has prefiled a bill aimed at students who do not score proficient on their third grade reading test. Under the measure, parents would have to acknowledge the score in writing in order for the student to be promoted to fourth grade.

Huebert says he wants it to be a tool to engage parents in getting help for their students. For some, he says, it might serve as a wake-up call. He says the goal would be to present options to parents for getting their children extra assistance.

Huebert says he doesn't want to "re-invent the wheel, but he says it's important because third graders who can't read "become fourth graders who can't read, who become fifth graders who can't read, who become high schoolers who can't read, who drop out of high school."

Gov. Sam Brownback has said he'll make fourth grade reading a priority this legislative session.

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