Ivey vetoes delay of 3rd grade reading promotion requirement

May 27, 2021


Gov. Kay Ivey has vetoed legislation that would delay next school year's requirement to hold back third graders who aren't reading at grade level.

This means that the requirement will be enforced starting at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

Ivey said she believes it is too early to delay it until education officials can review upcoming test scores, despite lawmakers urging delays after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted classrooms.

The state lobby that represents public school employees argued on Wednesday that teachers had called and emailed Ivey asking her to sign the bill.