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Bill to Provide Dyslexia Training Headed to Governor

Legislative Update

This week, my House Bill 1228, which will help teachers recognize and assist students with dyslexia, passed unanimously in the Senate and is now headed to the governor to be signed into law.

 This bill requires school districts to offer teachers a professional development program about dyslexia once per year, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. The measure requires the program to include training in identifying students with dyslexia, training in meeting the needs of those students, and will provide resources about dyslexia for teachers, students and parents.

 Research clearly shows identifying students with dyslexia early and getting them the proper classroom supports will help them learn to read and perform arithmetic and other subjects on grade level at a quicker pace. The bill was a request from the Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma working group, which will provide training and materials to local school districts at no cost.

 Tuesday was Oklahoma Agriculture Day at the state Capitol. This is a day to celebrate farming and ranching in our state and to reward students in multiple contests under the Ag in the Classroom banner as well as to honor the newest member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame.



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