Education reform bill clears Senate
The Senate Education Committee passed sweeping education reforms that will raise academic achievement, allow school choice and improve the graduation rate statewide.
The committee amended House Bill 890 with a comprehensive education reform package that includes proposals from Gov. Phil Bryant’s Education Works agenda such as improving reading skills in first through third grades and strengthening teacher quality. The bill also offers a compromise on public charter schools. The bill returns to the House for concurrence.
The bill also measures literacy skills for students in Kindergarten through third grade, provides intervention programs for students needing assistance and requires third-grade students to meet reading standards before moving to the fourth grade.