By ANDREW COFFMAN SMITH
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley has a signed into law a bill seeking to boost reading levels of South Carolina's students.
Haley was joined by Democratic and Republican lawmakers at the signing of the Read to Succeed Act on Wednesday at the Edventure Children's Museum.
The law seeks to increase students' chances of graduating from high school through an expansion of 4-year-old kindergarten. It includes an early intervention program to ensure students can read by fourth grade with the help of reading coaches, summer reading camps and trained teachers.
Beginning in 2017, students still struggling to read by the end of third grade will be held back for intensive help.
Haley says if a child cannot read by the third grade, they are four times less likely to graduate on time.