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House delays votes on holding back 3rd graders and letter grades for schools

Two high-profile public education bills seem to have stalled in the state Legislature. House Bill 5111 would require schools to hold back third graders who cannot read. House Bill 5112 would assign letter grades to all public schools based on student performance.

The state House was expected to vote on both bills Thursday. But House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) says lawmakers need more time to debate them.

“There are a lot of questions and a lot of concern that is based on old information,” said Bolger, who supports the bill. “And so we’re going to take some time to work through those questions and concerns, continue to listen to educators, and have our members work with their colleagues across the aisle.”

The state Legislature is expected to meet for one more week before the end of the year.