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Kasich Signs Education Bill Into Law

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a sweeping education bill that seeks to strengthen ties between the state's employers and public schools and makes dozens of other policy changes. Under the measure, Ohio third-graders lagging in reading skills face the possibility of being held back for up to two school years as they get academic help. "No one should read the third grade reading guarantee as something punitive," Kasich said at a bill signing ceremony Monday in Cincinnati. "It's something that's really fantastic. Until you can do what you need to do, we don't want to just push you ahead and push you deeper into the woods until you can't figure your way out." The education package also sets adjusted training and retesting requirements for teachers who are deemed to be ineffective for two of the previous three years, and requires all special-needs students to get eye exams.