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Making the grade would have a whole new meaning in Michigan


LANSING (WKZO) -- Should third graders remain in that grade until they are proficient at reading? Some lawmakers think so.

They didn’t take any votes on the issue but the House Education Committee did explore the idea yesterday.

Educators say early elementary grades are for learning to read and write, and after that they should be using those skills to learn everything else.

Holland Republican Amanda Price asked why advance a student if they don't have those basic skills.

14-states have already adopted such a retention policy.

The Committee also discussed replacing the unpopular color coding system for grading schools with letter grades.