Gov. John Kasich signed the 3,500-page Senate Bill 316 and defended a key provision that for some youngsters increases the pressure to read on grade level by the end of third grade.
He said schools already have the funding to teach youngsters reading, and that state budget cuts to schools were not a hindrance to this effort.
The Third Grade Reading Guarantee provision will force schools to more closely test and monitor the reading progress of students beginning in kindergarten through second grade. Schools would have to provide additional tutoring and services as soon as a reading problem is detected. If after two years of this extra help a student is still behind their third grade peers they can be held back up to two years.
Kasich likened promoting such kids to throwing them into a pool without teaching them to swim.