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It’s a bill in Salem fashioned after a successful program in Florida. If passed, students who can't read will not be promoted to fourth grade. Holding kids back until they can read; its something they started in Florida about 10 years ago, and it seems to be working. Bend Representative Jason Conger sits on an Education Committee in Salem: "Florida's had tremendous success at turning its K-12 education system from one of the worst performing in the country to one of the best. Currently the fourth grade reading scores of Hispanic kids in Florida school systems are about half a grade level higher than all kids in Oregon." Conger says he thinks the idea has merit. Some are against it though; those who spoke out in opposition say holding back students could hurt their self esteem - that kids learn at very different rates and that the bill could have an un-intended negative affect on some class size. 

 

 

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