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Governor signs Readiness Bill

Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed House Bill 113, the First Grade Readiness Bill, into law.

It provides for a readiness assessment created by the Alabama State Department of Education for first graders who did not attend kindergarten.

The bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Pebblin Warren says, in part, “This new law will ensure students are truly prepared to enter the first grade.”

The readiness assessment will first be administered in the 2025-2026 school year.

Melanie began her career as a work study student, working in the areas of news reporting, anchoring and news-gathering. After graduating from Alabama State University, she worked as a production assistant at the local NBC affiliate, WSFA-TV. As a News Director at WVAS-FM, Melanie leads her team to produce award- winning newscasts and talk shows. Her professional achievements includes News Reporter of the Year for a number of years and awards for talk show producer, by the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press. She is an active member of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. Her goals are to expand the reach of WVAS FM into more homes locally, regionally and nationally.