Schuette unveils proposal to boost state’s literacy

Mar 16, 2018 by

Livonia — Michigan Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette unveiled Thursday a 10-point plan to boost literacy in Michigan.

“Two-thirds of Michigan’s third graders don’t have the ability to read a book,” Schuette said. “The reason this is happening is we have not placed reading as Michigan’s priority for our children. That’s going to change, and when I’m governor, Michigan’s children will read. Period.”

He made the remarks during a news conference held at the Robert and Janet Bennett Civic Center Library in Livonia.

Schuette’s criticism about reading not being a priority appeared to be a dig at GOP Gov. Rick Snyder, who since 2015 has pushed to boost third-grade reading rates. In 2016, Snyder signed into law a bill requiring schools to provide more assistance to struggling readers and hold them back if they fall too far behind.

Before the press conference, Schuette read the children’s book “Corduroy” by Don Freeman to a half-dozen preschoolers at the library.

 

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