Tax payers to help fund new reading program - Tucson News Now

Tax payers to help fund new reading program

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new reading program for Tucson area students will be funded in part by Pima County tax payers.

Kids in Arizona have fallen behind the rest of the nation in reading skills, and a new state law has been implemented to fix that next year.

It will require third graders to read at a third grade level or they cannot move up.

In order to help at-risk students, Pima County has agreed to provide $75,000 to Literacy Connects to help students at Mission Manor Elementary School on the south side.

A big part of the program is getting parents involved. The hope is the new program will show results and can be expanded to several schools.

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