Early childhood education and reading bills pass State Senate.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 8th, 2013 at 6:16 am

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Filed Under: Angela Hill, Brice Wiggins, Education, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Politics, Republican

Legislation to strengthen the reading skills of Mississippi children and build on early childhood education through public-private partnerships passed the Senate Thursday.

Senate Bill 2347, sponsored by Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, requires third grade students to read at grade level before moving to the fourth grade in the 2014-15 school year. Currently, only 47 percent of Mississippi third-grade students read at grade level.

Senate Bill 2395, sponsored by Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Ocean Springs, provides financial support to an existing network of early childhood education classes statewide and adds additional classes through public-private partnerships. The program is voluntary.

Both bills head to the House for consideration.

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