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LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on today’s action on third-grade reading legislation. The statement can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.

“The League supports this effort to improve Michigan kids’ reading proficiency and their overall path to becoming lifelong learners. We know how important literacy is to not only educational achievement, but to overall well-being into adulthood, and we are pleased to finally see action on this critical issue for kids and to help Michigan become a top ten state in education. We maintain our concerns with mandatory retention, but while this bill may not be perfect, that is the nature of compromise. We are pleased with the number of exemptions, including the ability of a parent to make the request. The bill contains many other positive provisions, such as early and ongoing interventions to help students struggling, and is ultimately a strong step in addressing this issue.”


The Michigan League for Public Policy,, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.

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