Health Testing for School Kids May Be Cut

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Governor Jennifer Granholm wants to wipe out the $5.2 million hearing and vision testing program for preschool and school age children, but supporters tell the legislature that will result in lower test scores for those kids whose disabilities may go unnoticed and uncorrected.

Kim Singh of the Mid-Michigan Public Health Association says some 850,000 students were given vision tests last year and 77,000 were found to have problems. Another 725,000 got hearing tests.

Singh says teachers will not always catch these problems, which is why the screening program is so important. A budget subcommittee considering the governor's recommendation took testimony on it Monday.