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Dyslexia Advocacy Day in Annapolis

Mon. 03/16/2015

The Summit School is pleased to support Dyslexia Advocacy Day in Annapolis on Wednesday, March 18 at the Maryland Legislature. The goal of Dyslexia Advocacy Day is to educate legislators about reading failure and dyslexia, interventions, and the need for teacher training.  Parents, teachers, and students are participating.

There are three bills in the MD Legislature on dyslexia.  House Bill 278 and Senate Bill 15 have passed their respective chambers and are now waiting hearings in the opposite chambers.  SB 15 is scheduled for a hearing on April 2 in the House Ways and Means Committee.  Both bills would establish a Task Force to Study Dyslexia Education Programs in Maryland and create a public school pilot program.

House Bill 763 would establish a Task Force to study Effectiveness of Teacher Education Programs in the Instruction of Reading. Barbara Donick, head of The Committee for Change and a member of Decoding Dyslexia MD, emphasized, “After years of research we know the nature, causes and treatment of reading difficulties. There is a big void in teacher training standards which have not been aligned with scientific research.”

More information and details can be found on the Decoding Dyslexia website.