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Dyslexia group seeks earlier screening, specific curriculum

May 28, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island dyslexia advocacy group is pushing for sweeping education reforms including early screening, specific curriculum and trained specialists.

The Providence Journal reports that the legislation has been proposed by Decoding Dyslexia Rhode Island, an advocacy group of parents and teachers.

The bill would implement dyslexia screening for kindergartners and mandate that students with dyslexia be taught using a research-based curriculum called structured literacy, with at least one reading specialist per school trained to teach it.

But Democratic Rep. Joseph McNamara, the chairman of the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare, says the bill is too costly and that the version he’s working on is more realistic.

The bill from Decoding Dyslexia Rhode Island has support from the Department of Education and the new education commissioner.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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