3rd-grade Ohio reading teacher pool approved

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill making more teachers temporarily eligible to participate in meeting Ohio’s new third-grade reading guarantee is on its way to Ohio’s governor.

The Senate agreed unanimously Wednesday to revised teacher eligibility guidelines and other changes adopted by the House to address an anticipated shortage.

The state program requires that students be proficient in reading before leaving third grade.

The bill scraps required completion of a “scientifically research-based reading instruction program,” allowing certain highly-rated teachers with strong track records in reading to qualify. Those holding alternative credentials and not serving as a student’s “teacher of record” are also freed to help.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is expected to sign the bill. An emergency clause would make it effective in time for lining up next school year’s teachers.

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