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March 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Hairfield: Read to Succeed bill helps teachers teach reading

If the Read to Succeed bill up for debate in the Legislature this week focused only on retaining third graders who are reading significantly below grade level, I could not support it. As an isolated strategy to help students, retention does not work. But, the legislation actually is more about preventing student retention: Its central focus is helping students succeed by improving the quality of the teachers who work with them, and for that reason, I wholeheartedly support the bill.

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