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NC school board to address reading, class sizes

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - North Carolina's State Board of Education is on a road trip as it discusses increased class sizes and a new requirement that every child know how to read before the fourth grade.

The state school board holds its monthly meeting Thursday in Cullowhee.

The agenda includes changing school rules in line with decisions this year by the General Assembly to drop class size limits in grades 4 through 12 and eliminate the state school board's ability to add teaching positions to packed schools.

The school board also may act on the Legislature eliminating social promotions for children who can't meet the reading standard. The exceptions are for students who don't perform well on a single test but show they can read a little at a time over several months.

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