Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The State Chamber of Oklahoma: Governor Made Right Decision to Veto Watered-Down Reading Requirements
Third grade reading requirement is crucial part of improving Oklahoma’s education system
Oklahoma City (May 20, 2014) – The State Chamber of Oklahoma commends Governor Mary Fallin for taking a tough stance on keeping education reforms passed by a previous Republican legislature. Her action reaffirms the importance of making sure students can read at grade level in order to be promoted from third grade to fourth grade.
“Learning to read is the most important determination of a child’s future education,” said State Chamber President & CEO Fred Morgan. “If we want students to become proficient in critical areas like science, technology, engineering and math, we can’t continue to move them through the system without making sure they can read and understand the material.”
State Chamber members adopted an agenda that includes protecting education reforms designed to enhance student growth, learning and proficiencies needed to ensure students are college and career ready. House Bill 2625 goes against that agenda by watering down the Reading Sufficiency Act.
“When faced with the reality that a percentage of third grade students can’t read at grade level, the response should not be to reduce the standard so more can be promoted,” said Morgan. “Instead, the response should be to come together as a state and do what is necessary to ensure our third graders can read.”
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Greater Oklahoma City Chamber: Chamber Applauds Governor Fallin for Veto to House Bill 2625
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 20, 2014-- The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber applauds Gov. Mary Fallin for vetoing House Bill 2625, legislation which would cripple the Oklahoma Reading Sufficiency Act by modifying third-grade retention requirements.
“Like Gov. Fallin, we firmly believe that maintaining the highest educational standards for Oklahoma students is essential to our state’s prosperity, quality of life and future economic growth,” said Roy H. Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “By vetoing HB 2625, Gov. Fallin put our students and our state on a path to success by ensuring that our students can read before entering fourth grade.”
“Reading is a critical skill that is the pathway to future learning,” said Williams. “HB 2625 would weaken the Reading Sufficiency Act and result in advancing children to the next grade level without proper preparation. If this practice is allowed to continue, Oklahoma’s students will continue to struggle throughout their entire educational career. They deserve better.”
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