Early Thursday morning in Kalamazoo, well before the start of the school day, dozens of school employees, students, parents, and community leaders gathered outside every building in Kalamazoo Public Schools to send a message: It’s time.
With Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature yesterday, the third grade reading bill became law.
However, some provisions won’t kick in quickly, including the controversial retention mandate. And when retention of third graders does become a requirement, several exemptions will allow certain below-grade level readers to avoid repeating the third grade.