By The Associated Press
Arizona school districts are getting $40 million to meet a third-grade reading mandate.
The Arizona Republic reported that schools statewide will receive money to assist in reaching a goal that all third-graders must have proficient reading skills.
The "Move on When Reading" mandate says students who fail must repeat the school year.
School officials say the funding amounts to about $132 per student for those in kindergarten through third grade.
Arizona lawmakers passed legislation two years ago requiring third-grade students to improve literacy skills starting in 2013, and educators say this funding is the first from the state that is going specifically toward the mandate.
Gov. Jan Brewer proposed $50 million for the program in 2012-13, but the Legislature pared it.