You may have noticed in the past few days some new signs all along roads in Wake County saying "passed" and "failed."
Those signs were erected by a group called Bootstraps to illustrate the number of economically disadvantaged Wake County students who failed the reading test. In Wake County, the group points to stats showing 47.2 percent of the district's economically disadvantaged third-grade students failed the state reading exam.
The volunteer group also placed signs over the weekend in Chapel Hill to reflect that district's performance with low-income students. Bootstraps plans to do the same thing in Durham.
Bootstraps bills itself as a "Triangle-wide, all-volunteer, non-partisan political action committee that seeks to shed light on the significant illiteracy problem among area children."