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Michigan researchers use $5 million grant to study early literacy law

2016 law goes into full effect next school year

The Michigan Education Research Institute announced the five-year U.S. Department of Education grant on Friday.
The Michigan Education Research Institute announced the five-year U.S. Department of Education grant on Friday. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

MICHIGAN – Michigan researchers are using a $5 million federal grant to study how an early literacy law gets rolled out and its effect on students and educators.

The Michigan Education Research Institute announced the five-year U.S. Department of Education grant on Friday.

Researchers are particularly interested in how the 2016 law, which goes into full effect next school year, affects third-graders being held back if they lag in reading.