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Okla. parents urge Fallin to sign reading bill

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A group of Oklahoma parents concerned about new reading requirements that third graders must meet in order to advance to the fourth grade are urging Gov. Mary Fallin to sign a bill making it easier to promote students.

The Parent Legislative Action Committee of Central Oklahoma delivered a petition to the governor on Monday with more than 2,000 signatures.

The group supports the bill that would make changes to the Reading Sufficiency Act, which was part of a Republican-led agenda to increase the rigor in Oklahoma schools.

Based on test results released two weeks ago, nearly 16 percent of Oklahoma's third graders scored ``unsatisfactory'' on state reading tests and could be held back next year.

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