Bill creating dyslexia guidebook heads to state Senate

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MADISON (WKOW) — Lawmakers are one step closer to creating a guidebook for parents and school districts to help students with dyslexia. A bill passed the State Assembly Tuesday which would require the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to create a handbook on how to detect and assist students with dyslexia and other reading conditions.

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

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

Representative Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) introduced the legislation and said if it passes the Senate he hopes the guidebook would be available online, accessible on DVD, and on DPI’s website.

“We heard very emotional testimony for about six hours by both people who struggle with dyslexia and parents giving their stories and the frustration of not having a resource,” said Kulp. “The state of Wisconsin is falling behind the rest of the country in reading education and this is a step in the right direction.”

27 News first reported on this bill in April after several families said without resources, they are forced to seek out private tutoring or pay for additional help outside school.

In the future, Kulp said he would like to find additional school funding to pay for dyslexia screenings to identify struggling students, even exploring the idea to put screenings in prisons to help inmates upon their release.

Emilee Fannon

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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