GOP Education Proposals Head To Okla. Governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Two Republican-sponsored proposals to change Oklahoma's education system have been given final legislative approval and are heading to the governor's desk.

The Senate on Monday approved a bill that would end so-called "social promotion" by preventing third graders from advancing to the next grade if they haven't learned to read.

The author of the bill, Sen. Clark Jolley, says the current system allows too many students to "slip through the cracks."

The other bill approved in the House would create a system for issuing letter grades to schools so that parents and students can easily see how their schools are performing.

Both bills now head to Republican Gov. Mary Fallin for consideration.