In a bipartisan effort, the Michigan Senate has adopted a bill that will aid kids with dyslexia.
On Wednesday, the idea was given the go-ahead. One of the objectives of the strategy is to increase teacher training. Schools that train teachers would have to educate students about dyslexia and its effects. Aside from providing evidence-based treatments and accommodations for dyslexic kids, educational institutions must also implement strategies for improving the classroom environment so that it fits the requirements of all students.
Use a universal screening exam to identify reading issues in students in grades K-3. Some pupils in grades 4-12 would also be screened. In order to ensure that no kids are left behind, a resource advisory council would have to be constituted.
“Michigan has never had a statewide, coordinated strategy to help children with dyslexia, until now,” said Senator Lana Theis. “We must remove the stigma from dyslexia and make sure our students are getting the support they need to ensure they’re getting the education they deserve. Literacy, perhaps more than anything else, is the key to unlocking a limitless future of possibility and success.”
The Michigan House of Representatives will now take a look at the proposal.