Legislation directs schools to help students with low reading scores


By the narrowest of margins, 21-19, the House on the last night of the legislative session passed a bill implementing a statewide approach to how school districts intervene when students have difficulty reading.

The session’s original reading legislation had been blocked in the House, opposed by several rural lawmakers and Democrats, but the Senate merged it into another education bill on the next-to-the-last day of session, forcing the House to accept or reject the entire package.

The reading intervention bill was a priority of Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Anchorage Sen. Tom Begich. It is int...

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