An Omaha state
senator is preparing legislation that would bar students from entering fourth
grade if they fail reading proficiency tests in the third grade.
Senator Scott Lautenbaugh
said that if students don't have a strong foundation in reading they won't be
able to succeed in other areas.
This is just one of
several education proposals the senator plans to introduce in the 2014
Some educators think
the idea of holding back a third-grader only because he or she didn't pass a
reading test is misguided and too simplistic.