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Reading Act action puts third-graders in limbo

Local school districts are in limbo until they learn how Wednesday's events in the state legislature concerning the Reading Sufficiency Act will affect third-graders who failed the state-mandated reading test this school year.

On Wednesday, the legislature voted to override the governor's veto of a bill that will allow a team consisting of a child's parent, the third-grade teacher, a fourth-grade teacher, the child's principal, and a reading specialist to decide whether or not a child who did not pass the test will be promoted to the fourth grade. In cases involving students who are on individual education plans (IEPs), a special education teacher will also be included.

With the override, the bill became law immediately, but how it will be implemented for the students who failed the test this year is unclear.

Keith Mitchell, executive director for communication and public relations at Lawton Public Schools, said the district cannot take action on the students who didn't pass the test until they receive instructions from the Oklahoma Department of Education.

As of Thursday afternoon, LPS had not received any communications from the Department of Education concerning the change.

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