An incoming second grader reads in class Aug. 1 at the Summer Enrichment and Academic Learning Program at César E. Chávez Elementary School in Eugene.

What the bill does:

House Bill 3198 would create an Early Literacy Success Initiative for children in pre-k through third grade. It would authorize funding for up to $10 million from the Student Success Act’s Statewide Education Initiatives.

The backstory:

The bill is aimed at young children in connection with the third grade benchmark for reading, which is often used as an indicator to determine whether a child will struggle with literacy going forward.

Data has shown that literacy rates are low, statewide and across the nation. These numbers have been further exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic and period of online learning.

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