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PolitiFact Florida: Are state's fourth graders really second-best readers in the world?

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Florida’s fourth graders are the second-best readers in the world, Gov. Rick Scott claimed during a recent discussion with black lawmakers.

That’s pretty great news, right? Well, hold on just a second.

Our friends at PolitiFact Florida investigated the claim to determine just how accurate it actually is.

While they deemed the facts of his claim are mostly correct, they said Scott stretched the truth a bit because the study doesn’t include every country – or even every state.

As it turns out, Florida is the only state which was included in the study.

Why? We paid.

“Scott would have been correct to say Florida finished second in the study, but he stretched the truth a bit when he said Florida ranked second in the world,” PolitiFact concluded.

Click here to see the full-article and the reasoning behind the Mostly True rating.

[Last modified: Monday, January 21, 2013 5:06pm]

    

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