How can a bill intended to prevent reading failure not address dyslexia?
No bill intended to address reading failure should go forward without the input of experts in the field of dyslexia and parents of children with dyslexia. The Reading Workgroup that provided a report this summer did not include appropriate input, so now is the time to speak up.
The Education Committee will receive final testimony this Thursday, September 17, 2015, and the committee will most likely vote that day to send it to the house floor.
Thank you to Terra Walters of Decoding Dyslexia MI for this list of things you can do right now:
Call the Education Committee members listed below and ask them to NOT support HB4822. You could say:
- Who you are and how dyslexia affects your family,
- That you want the representative to vote against HB4822, and
- Reasons that they should vote against the bill, including:
- the workgroup did not include experts in dyslexia,
- the bill does not address the most common cause for reading failure - dyslexia,
- the bill would require retention, or "holding back" students. Retention puts students who are at risk for dropping out at even higher risk,
- the bill's Read at Home plan is a poor substitute for a system that actually addresses the needs of students with dyslexia.
Attend the Education Committee meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 8:30am.
Bring a friend!
Anderson House Office Building
124 N Capitol Ave
Lansing, MI 48933
Amanda Price-R (517) 373-0838
Daniela Garcia-R (517) 373-0830
Mike Callton-R (517) 373-0842
Tom Hooker-R (517) 373-2277
Ed McBroom-R (517) 373-0156
Pat Somerville-R (517) 373-0855
Ken Yonker-R (517) 373-0840
Tim Kelly-R (517) 373-0837
Lee Chatfield-R (517) 373-2629
Jim Tedder-R (517) 373-0615
Adam Zemke-D (517) 373-1792
Harvey Santana-D (517) 373-6990
Winnie Brinks-D (517) 373-0822
Andy Schor-D (517) 373-0826
Stephanie Chang-D (517) 373-0823
Christine Greig-D (517) 373-1793