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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