If 90% of Utah's students fail to meet benchmarks for third-grade reading proficiency for two straight years, their school districts could lose a share of $30 million in state funds that pay for reading coaches, materials and specialized teacher training, under a new rule approved by the state's Office of Education and lawmakers. Officials say tying achievement to state funding will help hold districts accountable. Educators say raising the proficiency from last year's 79% to 90% will take more, not less, funding.

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