NC Senate leader again seeks retooling of reading program

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s most powerful state senator is trying again to retool a student reading comprehension program that he’s championed for years but which hasn’t met performance goals.

Senate leader Phil Berger scheduled a Monday news conference with other Republicans to unveil the Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021.

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It was Berger who in 2013 helped pass the “Read to Achieve” program, which seeks to ensure students are reading-proficient before they complete third grade.

A university study found no benefit from the program on reading scores.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed Berger’s 2019 bill that was designed to make program changes.