Lawmakers in Michigan are debating legislation that would require retention for third-grade students who do not pass the reading portion of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program exam. The proposal -- by state Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township -- has drawn criticism because, among other concerns, it does not allow accommodations for students with disabilities or English-language learners. If approved, more than 36,000 students would repeat the third grade because they did not score as reading proficient on the exam.

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