Mississippi Considers New Dyslexia Law

Rep. Larry Byrd of Petal, Mississippi plans to submit new legislation to improve screening ane remediation for students with dyslexia.

His legislation would require university education programs to include dyslexia education that will prepare teachers to identify students at risk of dyslexia. Even more importantly his bill will require elementary schools to hire state licensed dyslexia therapists, approximately 1 therapist per 20% of the population of students in grades 1-4.

Rep. Byrd plans to use the standards stated in the IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading in the legislation to accredit university programs and certify dyslexia specialists. In 2012,

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