Read to Succeed bill could hold third graders back

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - There's a bill before the state senate that would hold third graders back a year if they aren't reading at grade level by the end of the school year.

Sponsored by senate majority leader Harvey Peeler (R), it's called the South Carolina Read to Succeed Act. Under the bill those children would do summer work or get intensive reading instruction the following school year to try and get them back on track. Teachers would also be required to do training.

Horry County School Board chair Joe Defeo doesn't think the bill is a good idea.

"You have people writing a bill about education and they have never taught in a school, been on a school board and know nothing about education whatsoever except that they went to a school once upon a time," said Defeo.

When it comes to reading in South Carolina latest data is grim. It shows 39 percent of fourth graders in the state read below basic level.

A portion of the bill would be paid for by six million the state set aside for reading improvement. The bill is on the senate floor and supported by a lot of Republicans.

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