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Ivey faces decision on promotion requirement for 3rd graders

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Published: May. 26, 2021 at 5:59 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is weighing whether to delay next year’s high-stakes requirement to hold back third-graders who aren’t reading on grade level.

Ivey has through Thursday to sign legislation by Sen. Rodger Smitherman, a Birmingham Democrat, that would push back the promotion requirement from the 2021-22 school year to the 2023-24 school year.

If she does not sign the bill, the legislation will die by what is known as a pocket veto. Lawmakers approved the delay after the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the school year.