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Mississippi Senate passes bills for pre-K and reading

JACKSON, MS (AP) -

Mississippi senators on Thursday passed two bills aimed at improving students' academic performance. They also passed one bill designed to let children pray or show other religious expressions at school.

Senate Bill 2395 would, for the first time, put some state money into a limited and voluntary program for pre-kindergarten.

Senate Bill 2347 would put more emphasis on teaching reading in the early grades. Children who aren't proficient at reading by third grade would receive intensive instruction to try to boost their skills.

Senate Bill 2633 says schools couldn't punish students who express religious views in their assignments or by the clothing or jewelry they wear.

The bills move to the House for more debate.

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