SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) - A law designed to broaden the number of options for teachers to help students pass the third grade reading requirement is getting rave reviews after Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 21 which makes adjustments in the the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
Third grader Sloane Bacon loves to read. "I like it when the author has a good imagination and they think back when they were a child and when they liked stuff, so they put it in a book," said Bacon.
Bacon's passion for books helped give her the confidence to take the reading test that will determine if she moves on to the fourth grade. It is a part of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. The new initiative is aimed at making sure all kids know how to read. Superintendent Dr. David Estrop likes the new law.
"It's something we strongly support because it gives us more flexibility in terms of getting teachers properly certified and gives an ability to interpret test scores," said Estrop.
Dr. Estrop said it take more than just teachers to get children prepared for this test.
According to the National Center For Education Statistics in 2003, 9% of Ohioans lacked basic literacy skills.
Bacon's mother, Heather, said she'll do all she can to make sure all of her children don't become a statistic.
"This is what they do. I mean they're going to have to have education for the next 12 years of their life and my job is to supply the tools that they need to succeed," said Bacon.
Making off with some last minute bargains, shoppers flooded the Dayton Mall Saturday before round two of the storm hits the Miami Valley.
State representatives Mike Henne and Jim Butler spent Saturday morning going door-to-door in a riverside neighborhood.
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Two women were arrested early Saturday morning after leading Dayton and Riverside Police on a slow speed pursuit with a stolen snow plow.
Preble County crews are battling a barn fire this afternoon on Barnetts Mill Road in Camden.