The Senate passed a bill Monday to put more reading aides in struggling schools that serve kids from low-income families.
SB81, which the Senate passed 25-4, would give $500,000 to Title I schools that fail to meet federal testing goals for two years in a row. The schools would then have to use that money to hire more specially trained teacher aides, called paraeducators. Title I schools are schools that receive federal dollars for serving high percentages of students from low-income families.
Bill sponsor Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, who is a former paraeducator, said the bill would ensure struggling students get more help.