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:

  • March 30, 2017 at 3 pm in Hearing Room C – Senate Committee on Education Hearing .  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 – Work Session help – passed with a 5-0 vote!
  • April 18, 2017 – Carried by Senator Roblan, passed unanimously in the Senate.
  • April 20, 2017 – Referred to House Education Committee
  • May 3, 2017 – Public Hearing with the House Education Committee (3 pm, HR F)
  • May 10, 2017 – Vote on the House floor – passed unanimously.