Weekly News Brief 4/21-4/27

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Bill would require third graders to meet reading benchmarks – By Kim Chandler, AP News

Alabama could become the next state to require third graders to pass a reading benchmark before moving to fourth grade, under a bill advanced by a legislative committee Wednesday.

The House Education Policy Committee approved the bill by Republican Rep. Terri Collins of Decatur that seeks to strengthen reading education in the early grades. The bill now moves to the House floor.

The bill mandates a number of initiatives to try to boost reading scores and beginning in 2021-22 would implement a high-stakes requirement for students to meet a reading benchmarks before moving to the fourth grade.

Collins described the proposal as taking the existing Alabama Reading Initiative and putting it “on steroids.”

“I believe if we promote a child who is not reading on grade level out of the third grade then we are failing that child,” Collins said.


Rodney Robinson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year, on creating "equitable culture" in classrooms – CBS This Morning

"CBS This Morning" is proud to reveal the 2019 National Teacher of the Year: Rodney Robinson. 

Robinson teaches social studies and history at Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center. His lessons focus on helping his students become socially conscious citizens who make the most out of their second chance. Robinson stressed his students are just like any other teenagers. 

"There's no difference," Robinson said Wednesday on "CBS This Morning." "They like cheesy, teenage stuff like 'Teen Wolf' and 'Hanna,' their favorite shows. But they just made mistakes and they're paying for mistakes."

"But America is a country of second chances and in order for them to achieve and get that second chance, they deserve a quality education like everybody else," he said.     

Robinson said he was always taught to "pay it forward and bring it down to the next generation." He held lessons from his mother, who had five children and ran an in-home daycare, close to his heart.