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.