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Bill would increase teacher training on dyslexia.

Byline: Journal Record Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY A bill authored by House Majority Leader Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, that will add professional development training for teachers to help them better recognize students with dyslexia passed unanimously in the Oklahoma House of Representatives Thursday.

House Bill 1228 would require school districts to offer teachers a professional development program about dyslexia once per year, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. The measure lists minimum requirements for the program and requires the program to include training in identifying dyslexia, training in meeting the needs of students with dyslexia, and training on resources about dyslexia for teachers, students and parents.

The bill passed with a vote of 96-0. It now moves to the state Senate.

The bill was a request from the Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma Task Force. Sanders said the training would be at no cost to the local school district. The task force is working on training materials and a handbook with the state Department of Education that can be shared with districts, teachers, parents and students.

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Publication:Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK)
Date:Feb 21, 2019
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