A Utah Senate committee has approved a bill that would require first-, second- and third-graders to be held back if they are not reading at grade level. "In grades one, two and three, children learn to read," said bill sponsor Sen. Karen Morgan. "From then on, they read to learn. If they're not able to read, they begin to fall behind." Under the bill, parents would be notified midway through the school year if their child was in danger of being held back, and they could appeal a final decision to the principal.

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