Jun 18, 2012 3:16 PM
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona school districts are getting a boost to meet a third-grade reading mandate in the form of $40 million.
The Arizona Republic reported Sunday that schools statewide will receive money to assist in reaching a goal that all third-graders must have proficient reading skills.
The "Move on When Reading" mandate says students who fail must repeat the school year.
School officials say the funding amounts to about $132 per student for those in kindergarten through third grade.
Arizona lawmakers passed legislation two years ago requiring third-grade students to improve literacy skills starting in 2013.
Educators say this funding is the first from the state that is going specifically toward the mandate.