- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina public schools could be getting new money to tutor young children who haven’t shown they can read at a third-grade level.

The State Board of Education on Wednesday considers allocating $1.7 million for tutors to help about 400 students around the state who’ve twice failed to advance to fourth grade. A decision is expected Thursday.

State lawmakers in 2013 began requiring that third-graders show they can read before advancing to the next grade. They can attend summer reading camp or a transitional fourth-grade class.

This is the first school year that twice-retained students could get extra tutoring. The extra money will pay for three hours of tutoring per week per student.

Mecklenburg County schools have the most children eligible for reading tutors with 42.

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