Dyslexia Guide Bill Heading to State Senate | Politics

MADISON (WKOW) – Lawmakers are taking another step toward creating a guide for parents and school districts to help students with dyslexia. A bill was passed on Tuesday by the State Assembly, which demand that the Department of Public Education (DPI) create a manual on how to detect and help students with dyslexia and other reading disabilities.

Currently, school districts are not required to work with dyslexic students.

Education professionals support the proposal because of the importance of catching dyslexia at an early age. School administrators said during the bill’s public testimony that early learning can better prepare students for their future and help fill gaps in achievement.

Representative Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) introduced the bill and said if it passes the Senate he hopes the guide will be available online, accessible on DVD and on the DPI website.

“We heard very moving testimonials for about six hours from people with dyslexia and parents telling their stories and the frustration of not having a resource,” Kulp said. “The state of Wisconsin is falling behind the rest of the country in teaching reading and this is a step in the right direction.

27 News first reported on the bill in April after several families said without resources, that they were forced to seek private lessons or pay for extra help outside of school.

Going forward, Kulp said he would like to find additional school funding to pay for dyslexia screenings to identify struggling students, even exploring the idea of ​​putting screenings in prisons to help inmates get through. their release.