October 1, 2014
A bill that would keep third graders from moving to the next grade if they don't meet reading standards faced opposition at a hearing in the Nebraska Legislature.
Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha introduced the bill, which was presented to the Education Committee on Tuesday.
Parents and those representing education associations were among the opposition to the bill. A former state board of education member testified in support of the bill and two people testified in a neutral position.
Lautenbaugh says the bill comes from education reform efforts that were successful elsewhere, particularly in Florida.
The bill would also establish a grading system for school performance and would provide for alternative ways to earn a teaching certification.
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