Research shows that students who struggle to develop good reading skills often fall behind in school. Lawmakers and advocates believe every child has the right to read. 

“Children have to be taught to read by third grade and that’s the cliff point,” Sen. Doug McCrory said. 

McCrory, who chairs the education committee, an educator and a member of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, said the caucus has been focused on coming up with a statewide reading curriculum for five years. 

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