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WisEye Morning Minute: Assembly Education Committee on Reading Readiness Assessments

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On Thursday, the Assembly Committee on Education held an executive session on Assembly Bill 446 relating to reading readiness assessments and granting rule-making authority. AB 446 passed along party lines except for one yes vote from committee member Rep. LaKeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee). "As an educator, as an African American, and as a person that is a teacher, that sees this firsthand, working with students still on a daily basis, we got to do something," Rep. Myers said. Bill author Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) explained the urgency to address the disparities as 64 percent of Wisconsin fourth graders are not proficient readers. "The achievement gaps that we have in this state, we just can't tolerate that, it has to change," Rep. Kitchens said.

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