PBS recently ran a report on the new 3rd grade reading gaurantee.
Watch Ohio Third Graders Must Learn to Read or Repeat the Year on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.
This exchange with the Senate Education Committee chair was interesting
JOHN TULENKO: How much is it going to take?
PEGGY LEHNER: I think, frankly, we might be looking at $50 million, 60 million.
JOHN TULENKO: Lehner also acknowledges educators' other concerns about the reading guarantee: lack of preschool and parents who don't do their part.
There are so many questions around this.
PEGGY LEHNER: Sure.
JOHN TULENKO: Do you ever feel like you are stepping out on a limb on this one?
PEGGY LEHNER: It is a risk. And I think we have to take a risk. We have to change what we are doing, because what we have been doing is not working.
JOHN TULENKO: Can you give us a guarantee that this will work?
PEGGY LEHNER: Of course not. Of course not.
The budget will be a good opportunitiy to right some of these problems.