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Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014 6:00 pm | Updated: 12:31 am, Tue Feb 11, 2014.

State Rep. Mary Helen Garcia, a retired teacher and school administrator, on Monday dramatically softened her own bill that called for mass retention of third-graders who do not read proficiently.

Garcia amended the bill so that forced retentions no longer are part of the bill. Instead, the main emphasis would be on screening assessments of children and then providing extra help for struggling readers in kindergarten through third grade.

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