State Senator Peggy Lehner (R–Kettering) today announced that her legislation, Senate Bill 21, has been signed into law by Governor John R. Kasich. The bill will make adjustments and improvements to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee, which was approved during the last legislative session (House Bill 555, 129th General Assembly).
“The early years are vitally important to a child’s education and development, which is why Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee is such a necessary initiative,” said Lehner. “We have been working with teachers and school administrators to make sure that this program is as effective as it can possibly be and I believe that Senate Bill 21 takes an additional step to providing our kids with the tools they need to be successful.”
The main objective of Senate Bill 21 is to provide a broader number of options for educators to be qualified to teach students who have either been retained or are at risk of being retained in 3rd grade due to reading struggles.
With the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 21 is now law and is immediately effective.

Senator Lehner represents Ohio's 6th Senate District, which includes a portion of Montgomery County. She currently presides as Chair of the Senate Committee on Education. To learn more, visit
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