Mike Sanders

Dyslexia Bills Pass House

I passed both of my bills dealing with dyslexia out of the House this week with near unanimous votes on each.

House Bill 2804 would require any student enrolled in kindergarten through third grade in an Oklahoma public school who is not meeting grade-level reading targets after the beginning of the school year to be screened for dyslexia beginning with the 2022-23 school year. This follows legislation I passed last year that provides a professional development day for teachers across Oklahoma to help them better recognize signs of dyslexia in their students.

House 2889 makes the State Department of Education responsible for updating the Dyslexia Handbook, which already is available for teachers, parents and school administrators. This just puts in statute that it will be annually updated by the SDE with input from stakeholders.

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