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Negotiators approve Kan. reading initiative

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate have agreed on a modified version of Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to hold back young pupils who lack sufficient reading skills.

The compromise worked out late Wednesday would require school districts to retain first-graders who aren't proficient in reading based on an assessment. But any decision to hold a child back would require consultation between parents and school officials.

Legislators were expected to consider the compromise on Thursday.

Brownback proposed in January that third-graders be held back if their reading scores were lacking. The proposal was part of his policy to improve fourth-grade reading scores statewide.

The Senate approved a measure similar to the compromise bill, but the issue hasn't been debated by the House.