Jan 15, 2013 6:51 PM by MTN
On Wednesday, Montana senators will consider a bill that would require third graders to pass a reading proficiency test to move forward.
Bill sponsor Republican Senator Dave Lewis of Helena says the bill would help teachers.
"It gives them the benefit of knowing the legislature thinks the number one priority is teaching a kid how to read and it identifies what the legislature wants done in order to correct that."
The bill would require those who don't pass the test to repeat third grade or move on with a plan to learn reading skills.
Meanwhile, a house committee will consider a bill that would increase the stopping distance for vehicles near school buses with flashing lights.
The bill would double the distance from 15 to 30 feet.
Also, another house committee will hear a bill that would create a state parks and recreation board and create a forum focused on parks and recreation discussion.