Illinois Passes Dyslexia Law

The Illinois legislature has enacted H.B. 3700 which amends the Education code to provide for kindergarten screening of students for dyslexia, comprehensive assessments and appropriate intervention. The legislation uses the IDA definition of dyslexia and specifies Structured Literacy reading instruction as the appropriate remediation for students with a dyslexia diagnosis. The bill was sponsored by State Representative JoAnn Osmond (R-Antioch) and State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake). Governor Pat Quinn praised the legislation.

“Many people throughout history have achieved greatness in spite of the challenges they faced with dyslexia. Everyone learns in a different way, and we want to make sure that every child has an opportunity for success and receives the quality education they deserve. This law will help students across the state get what they need in order to succeed in the classroom.”

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