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May 20, 2014

Parents urge Fallin to sign reading bill

Oklahoma City — A group of Oklahoma parents concerned about new reading requirements that third graders must meet in order to advance to the fourth grade are urging Gov. Mary Fallin to sign a bill making it easier to promote students.

The Parent Legislative Action Committee of Central Oklahoma delivered a petition to the governor on Monday with more than 2,000 signatures.

The group supports the bill that would make changes to the Reading Sufficiency Act, which was part of a Republican-led agenda to increase the rigor in Oklahoma schools.

Based on test results released two weeks ago, nearly 16 percent of Oklahoma's third graders scored "unsatisfactory" on state reading tests and could be held back next year.

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