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New bill aims to improve Michigan student literacy

Democrats announced a plan to address the literacy crisis. The education plan would help identify kindergarten students who are behind in reading earlier so teacher can help address their needs.  (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

LANSING, Mich. - Right now, half of Michigan's third graders are not reading proficiently.

Democrats announced a plan to address the literacy crisis.

The education plan would help identify kindergarten students who are behind in reading earlier so teacher can help address their needs.

Democrats also want to expand the GSR program to 3-year-old children, so they learn to read before hitting grade school.

"This a program that is proven to pay for itself. What we want to do is expand more of that,” said Representative Adam Zemke of Ann Arbor.

"We believe that these strategies have the power to be game changing by reaching kids early we are making the smartest investment and we are making the greatest impact on our kids,” said Representative Darrin Camilleri of Brownstone Township.

The education plan would also increase funding for in-home visit reading programs.

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