Read to Succeed bill advances at teachers' expense

Read to Succeed bill advances at teachers' expense

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Legislation to boost reading proficiency of South Carolina's K-12 students has advanced in the House with a number of changes.

An education subcommittee on Tuesday recommended by a 6-2 vote the "Read to Succeed" bill. The House and Senate have already passed different versions of the measure.

Teachers would pay for development courses required to renew their teaching certificates. The Senate version originally said the state would pay for the mandated classes.

Lawmakers also dropped the number of literacy classes that middle school teachers would be required to take. The classes would train teachers to identify and help children who are not reading at appropriate grade levels.

The amended Senate bill also would allow parents to appeal holding children back a grade if teachers believe they are struggling with reading.

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