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May 22, 2014

Okla. House, Senate override reading bill veto

Oklahoma City — A bill that makes it easier for children to advance to the fourth grade even if they may not be reading at grade level will become law despite the governor's veto.

The Republican-controlled House and Senate both voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override Fallin's veto. The House voted 79-17, while the Senate voted 45-2. The override required a three-fourth's vote of both chambers.

On Tuesday, Fallin vetoed the bill that would have modified the Reading Sufficiency Act to allow a team that includes parents, teachers, administrators and a reading specialist to decide whether a student should advance to the fourth grade.

Fallin maintains the bill would undermine the goal of the act and set up children for failure.

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