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Senate lawmakers unanimously support dyslexia legislation, bill heads to floor

Posted at 3:17 PM, Mar 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-10 19:41:42-05

BOISE, Idaho — On Thursday, Senate lawmakers unanimously approved new legislation that would direct funding for dyslexia-related educational support.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Senators Carl Crabtree and Richard Blair would direct $97,000 of state funding to improve educational resources for children with dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a language-learning disability estimated to impact 20% of the population. While dyslexia impacts individuals differently, it frequently causes people to struggle with reading, writing, and pronunciation.

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Idaho currently does not have any dyslexia-specific educational services in public and public charter schools.

If passed, the State Department of Education would use the funding to:

  • Administer statewide dyslexia screening to identify K-5 students with characteristics of dyslexia 
  • Provide professional development training for educators in multisensory-structured literacy approaches 
  • Create a handbook with intervention strategies to address students with characteristics of dyslexia 

The bill now heads to the Senate floor for debate.