Ariz. launches education push with goals, website

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Gov. Jan Brewer is launching an education initiative that includes a plan with goals for improving student achievement and a website to convey information to the public.

The website is scheduled to go live Thursday afternoon after Brewer holds a news conference.

Preposted content says goals include increasing third-graders' ability to meet reading standards, raising the high school graduation rate and doubling the number of students receiving bachelor's degrees.

Implementation steps already taken include changing school ratings to letter grades and generally prohibiting promotion of third-graders who don't meet reading standards.

The plan grew out of Arizona's unsuccessful effort to compete for federal innovation grants.

Brewer also is to announce Arizona's participation in a high school competition to enhance students' interest in aeronautics and transportation.