Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate have agreed on a modified version of Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to hold back young pupils who lack sufficient reading skills.
The compromise worked out late Wednesday would require school districts to retain first-graders who aren’t proficient in reading based on an assessment. But any decision to hold a child back would require consultation between parents and school officials.
Legislators were expected to consider the compromise on Thursday.
Brownback proposed in January that third-graders be held back if their reading scores were lacking. The proposal was part of his policy to improve fourth-grade reading scores statewide.
The Senate approved a measure similar to the compromise bill, but the issue hasn’t been debated by the House.