Brewer signs bill on third-grade promotion ban

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona will implement a general prohibition on promotion of third-graders who score far below grade level in reading.

Gov. Jan. Brewer on Monday signed into law a bill that stiffens the state's competency requirements for the promotion of students from third grade, starting in the 2010-20111 school year.

Permitted exceptions from the promotion ban include if the student is disabled and did not take the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards test. Others are if the student is an English learner or has been previously retained twice in a grade.

The changes only take effect if voters approve Proposition 100 in the May 18 special election.