Study committee proposes dyslexia specialist & guidebook

The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia met to finalize two bill drafts and three informal recommendations on December 4 in the State Capitol.  The committee will forward the bills and recommendations to the Joint Legislative Council who will decide whether to advance the bills to the full legislature.

The first proposed bill would require the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to hire a dyslexia specialist beginning in the 2019-20 school year with certain duties and qualifications laid out in the legislation.

The second proposed bill requires the DPI to develop a guidebook for parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators regarding dyslexia and related conditions. To develop the guidebook, the state superintendent of public instruction must establish an advisory committee as laid out in the legislation.

The study committee also made several informal recommendations to the Legislature regarding teacher licensure: