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Rise & Shine: Why this Michigan lawmaker reversed course on plan to try to end third-grade retention rule

Good morning!

One of the few Republicans in Michigan’s legislature who sought to change the law that requires some struggling third-grade readers to be held back has had a change of heart.

We recently heard talk that Rep. Pamela Hornberger, who chairs the House Education Committee, was planning to introduce a bill that would eliminate the provision. She actually drafted it in January.

But she told Koby this week that she changed her mind for two big reasons: Fewer kids than expected will be eligible for retention and the law is pushing schools to focus more on literacy.

Read Koby’s story here to learn more.

And scroll down for more education headlines.

Have a great weekend!

Lori Higgins, bureau chief


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