Cooper vetoes bill designed to retool reading program

August 23, 2019 - 4:53 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill designed to clean up a North Carolina student reading comprehension program championed for years by Republican Senate leader Phil Berger.

Cooper said on Friday he vetoed the measure approved to retool the "Read to Achieve" program, which seeks to ensure students are reading-proficient before third grade ends. The bill in part directs teachers to create tailored individual reading plans for at-risk children and gives them incentives to work in summer reading camps.

Cooper described the bill as putting a "Band-Aid on a program where implementation has failed." A 2018 study examined test scores and found little benefit from the program that had received over $150 million.

A Berger spokesman said Cooper vetoed the bill only because the senator's name is on it.

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