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The Missouri Senate rejects a GOP bill that would stop social promotion in schools.

March 29, 1999
By: Karyn Dest
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Senate has rejected a Republican sponsored amendment designed to end what is called social promotion in schools.

Karyn Dest reports from Jefferson City.

The Republican amendment would have required the state to fail children who were lagging behind in reading skills by two grade levels.

But Democrats argued for letting schools keep control over the issue.

Jefferson City Democratic Senator Steve Stoll:

Actuality:STOLL
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OutCue: "flexibility."
Contents: Stoll says local school districts should be able to make decisions about how to deal with children who are behind in reading.

Stoll is sponsor of a remedial reading program bill that the Republicans attempted to use as a vehicle for a social promotion shut-down.

The bill is still pending in the Senate.

In Jefferson City, I'm Karyn Dest.


Senate rejects Republican-sponsored banning social promotion.
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Senate rejects Republican-sponsored banning social promotion.

March 29, 1999
By: Karyn Dest
State Capital Bureau

Senate Democrats have defeated a Republican-sponsored amendment designed to shutdown social promotion in schools.

Karyn Dest reports from Jefferson City.

The Republican amendment would have required the state to fail children who were lagging behind in reading skills by two grade levels.

St. Charles Senate Republican Steve Ehlmann:

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Contents: [92K WAV file - Ehlmann says Republicans are following President Clinton's call for an end to social promotion in schools. ]

Ehlmann says it's important to have a standard for students.

But Democrats argued for letting schools keep control over the issue.

Jefferson City Democratic Senator Steve Stoll sponsored the remedial reading bill, which is still pending in the Senate.

In Jefferson City, I'm Karyn Dest.