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Education Bills Headed to Governor Fallin (May 02, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY - A couple of education related bills are headed to Governor Mary Fallin after final passage through the legislature.

Senate Bill 346 passed the Senate on Monday and would require students to master grade-appropriate reading skills by the third grade in order to move on to the fourth grade.

Republican Sally Kern, the House author of the bill, says social promotion sets children up for academic struggle and potential failure.

Also headed to the governor is House Bill 1456, which assigns letter grades to schools in annual performance reports.

House Speaker Kris Steele says the letter grades will make schools more accountable. State Superintendent Janet Barresi praised the passage of the bills, saying they’re “key planks in [her] agenda to rethink, restructure and reform Oklahoma’s education system.

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