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Anchorage, AK, Alaska, United States - May 20, 2022 — Anchorage, Alaska. Legislators have passed "Read by Nine" legislation to help ensure the state's students learn to read by age nine, with Gov. Mike Dunleavy expected to sign it into law. The legislation is the result of nine years of work and research from Alaska Policy Forum (APF) that highlighted the state's poor student outcomes, and APF's unceasing recommendation that reforms previously adopted in Florida and Mississippi be embraced by Alaska. APF's research found Alaska's students' K–3 reading skills have been dismal for the last 15 years, with a system that fails to teach children the basics by age nine. These findings and the recommended policy reforms were shared with policymakers each year.