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Update December 15:
The Charleston County School Board has given the initial go-ahead on a proposed literacy policy during its first reading yesterday, a critical step toward making sure all students are grade-level literate.
The policy's main focus is the prohibition from promoting struggling readers to the next grade if they refuse to participate in programs designed to improve their reading.
Update November 25:
A new, comprehensive literacy plan was presented on Tuesday afternoon by Charleston County schools Superintendent Nancy McGinley.
The plan would require students who are not reading at grade level to participate in intervention programs, and their refusal to do so would mean they wouldn't be promoted to the next grade. The plan also calls for all pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students to be screened this spring using a test to determine their school readiness.
Head over to The Post and Courier for the story.
The Charleston County School Board's policy committee has drafted up a new policy to promote student literacy after The Post and Courier published numerous articles on the illiteracy problems in both school systems and the community.
Students who are reading below grade level may soon be enrolled in supplemental programs that would address their specific needs.