New Legislation – SB221!

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In 2015, HB 2412 was passed to ensure that teacher preparation programs for early childhood education, elementary education, special education or reading require instruction on dyslexia.

The legislature has put forth a new dyslexia bill to ensure that teacher preparation programs require instruction on reading difficulties, including dyslexia. A slightly distinction not previously noted in HB 2412. SB 221 further clarifies that instruction relating to dyslexia must be consistent with the knowledge and practice standards of an international organization on dyslexia.

SB 221 allows educational institutions 3 years from passage of this bill to change or adapt their program. The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) may not deny approval of an educator programs if the program: (a) develops a plan to comply with the standards and rules; and (b) submits the plan to the commission within one year of the commission adopting the standards and rules.  Please note that this is a one year extension from HB 2412.

Read the full bill text and track its progress.

Summary of progress:

  • January 9, 2017 – Introduction and first reading
  • January 17, 2017 – Referred to the Senate Education Committee
  • March 30, 2017 – Hearing with the Senate Education Committee.  To hear the testimony click here and click on the small arrow next to “Meeting Details 3/30/2017 3:00 PM, HR C”.
  • April 11, 2017 – Senate Education Committee work session/vote – passed unanimously with new amendment
  • April 18, 2017 – Carried by Senator Roblan to the Senate Floor, passed unanimously
  • April 20, 2017 – Referred to House Education Committee
  • May 3, 2017 – Public Hearing with the House Education Committee.  To hear the testimony click here and click on the small arrow next to “Meeting Details 5/3/2017 3:00 PM, HR C”
  • May 10, 2017 – House Education Committee work session/vote – passed unanimously
  • June 1, 2017 – Carried by Representative Sollman to the House Floor – passed unanimously
  • June 14, 2017 – Signed by the Governor!