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Adele Bravo, right, a literacy interventionist for Boulder Valley School District, testifies Monday before the Colorado House Education Committee. She voiced concerns about the resources required by House Bill 12-1238, also known as the Colorado Early Literacy Act, which is still under deliberation in the House.

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Proposed literacy act sparks debate about holding back struggling readers

If a third-grader falls behind in reading, should he or she be allowed to move on to the next grade? The question is at the center of a debate concerning a proposed literacy act moving through the Colorado House of Representatives. House Bill 12-1238, also known as the Colorado Early Literacy Act, shines a spotlight on students in kindergarten through third grade who fall behind in reading. The bill requires schools to provide programs to ensure students are reading at grade level by the time they finish third grade.

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