Educators, legislators protest reading proficiency rule

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A state rule to hold back students who struggle with reading is being met with opposition. 

Educators and legislators are protesting the rule – approved by the education secretary – saying it’s counterproductive. 

They say the decision to hold a child back if they don’t test proficient in reading isn’t fair and that each case should be handled individually. 

The state education secretary says the plan is based on open and honest communication with parents, and has been misunderstood. 

The rule will take effect July 1. 

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