May 17, 2012
DENVER—Gov. John Hickenlooper signed state Rep. Tom Massey’s child literacy bill today. The bill prioritizes literacy for children in kindergarten through third grade.
“This is an important mile marker on our road to improving the education and future success of Colorado’s school children,” Massey said. “Literacy is absolutely crucial to the development of our students.”
House Bill 1238 creates the Colorado Early Literacy Act to help ensure school children in Colorado know how to read before graduating into more advanced coursework. The bill also includes provisions to keep parents informed of their child’s intellectual development while also giving them more resources to improve their child’s literacy if they are found to be at a deficient level. These resources include notifying the parents, enrolling a child in a Reading to Ensure Academic Development, or READ, plan or recommending the student be kept from advancing to the next grade.
Before reaching the governor’s desk, Massey’s bill passed out of the House 51-12, with only Democrats voting against it. The Senate passed the measure unanimously.
“Teaching our kids how to read is one of the fundamental expectations parents place on our educators,” Massey, R-Poncha Springs added. “This bill helps ensure those expectations are met.”
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