Just when you think that state legislatures have run out of bad ideas, some state takes teacher abuse to the next level.

The Ohio Legislature wants to make sure that every third grade student is a proficient reader. They think they know how to do that: They passed a new law.

It’s called the “Third Grade Reading Guarantee.”

That should do the trick. Just like No Child Left Behind left no child behind.

More testing. And better yet, the law requires every teacher of students in the early grades to take additional courses that might cost as much as $17,000 over seven courses.

Expect every student in Ohio to be a proficient reader as soon as all those tests are given and the teachers have taken all those courses.

That is, if you believe in the Tooth Fairy, who lives on the same planet as the Testing Fairy.