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Kids Count snapshot reveals shortcomings in reading scores


LANSING (WKZO) -- There is a disturbing new report out today from the Anne E. Casey foundation on the reading ability of young children in the nation and in Michigan.

Kids Count spokesperson Jane Zehnder-Merrill says 69% of Michigan fourth graders cannot pass a reading proficiency test.

She blames a 20% drop in the state’s investment in public education in the last decade for the failure to make any improvement. .

Further analysis reveals that only 19% kids who live in poverty show proficiency,  while 44% of the kids from higher income families pass. 

She says extra funding for Pre-School education is one positive step the state is taking, but it could do more to reduce poverty and reinvest in education.