SB 48 Passed the House!

Senate Bill 48, a mandate that elementary schools screen for dyslexia, has just passed the House unanimously. It also passed the Senate unanimously in February. The mandate would be contingent upon state funding. The bill also seeks to train teachers. Thanks to advocates such as Decoding Dyslexia-Georgia and International Dyslexia Association-Georgia Chapter. We would like to thank Ed Setzler, the representative for the school’s district, and a committee member, who supported the legislation, as well as Lindsey Tippens, the senator for the school’s district, who also supported it!

The bill originally would have required all kindergartners be screened beginning the 20-21 school year. However the House pushed that back to begin in the 2024 school year, to allow time for the state to research methods. The state school superintendent will have to pick at least three school districts for a pilot program starting in the fall of 2020.

This will also allow the Professional Standards Commission to establish a special credential for teachers who’ve been trained to recognize dyslexia and to address it. They would also establish standards for teacher preparation programs offering dyslexia training.

More HERE.

#SayDyslexia #UntilEveryoneCanRead

Georgia Legislature “Crossover Day” Summary

Thursday, March 7, was the deadline to move bills from the Senate to the House and vice versa. However, legislation that failed to “cross over” may still pass by riding on other education-related bills before the session ends on April 2. Here is a wrap up of what may affect our families.

  • Look up HERE for Senate Bill that has has crossed to the House
  • Look up HERE for House Bill that has has crossed to the Senate
  • Also contact committee members linked under each bill.

 


SB48 passed the Senate Unanimously

Today at the Georgia Capitol, the Senate passed SB48, which will mandate screening for all Georgia students Pre-K – 2nd grade! Thanks to all the hard work by groups such as Decoding Dyslexia-Georgia and International Dyslexia Association-Georgia Chapter.

This will help dyslexic students get identified sooner so that intervention can begin sooner, which will increase the chance of a child achieving full reading potential sooner. Screening such as this (had it existed) may have identified many of our students, allowing them to obtain appropriate instruction sooner.

The bill now crosses over to the House, where it has to go through two committees and then be voted on by the full House.

Let your Representatives know you support this bill  (look up HERE), and also contact committee members.

Here’s the House Education Committee List of Representatives:
Jasperse, Rick, Chairman
Cheokas, Mike, Vice Chairman
Benton, Tommy, Secretary
Belton, Dave, Member
Cantrell, Wes, Member 
Carter, Doreen
, Member
Dickerson, Pam, Member
England, Terry, Member

Evans, Becky, Member
Glanton, Mike, Member
Hill, Dewayne, Member
Howard, Henry “Wayne”, Member
Jones, Jan, Member
Jones, Todd, Member
LaRiccia, Dominic, Member
Lopez Romero, Brenda, Member
Nguyen, Bee, Member
Nix, Randy, Member
Paris, Miriam, Member
Setzler, Ed, Member
Stovall, Valencia, Member
Tanner, Kevin, Member
Wilson, Matthew, Member