Fallin Signs Okla. Bridge To Literacy Legislation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation that creates a new reading program for Oklahoma children.
Fallin signed a measure Wednesday that authorizes the Board of Education to establish the Oklahoma Bridge to Literacy Program, which is aimed at improving the reading skills of Oklahoma children through the fourth grade.
The measure authorizes nonprofit groups, community-based programs and churches to offer reading programs before school, after school, on Saturdays or during the summer months. The Education Department must provide reading instruction training, resource materials and other reading program assistance.
One of the bill's authors, Rep. Mike Shelton of Oklahoma City, says the program's focus is for children to read at their grade level. Shelton says a new state law requires third graders to read at grade level be promoted.