California Senate unanimously passed A.B. 1369 which states that the Superintendent shall: “develop program guidelines for dyslexia to be used to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers, and parents to identify and assess pupils with dyslexia, and to plan, provide, evaluate, and improve educational services to pupils with dyslexia.” See the entire bill at the link above. Governor Brown must now sign it into law. To email Gov. Brown of California click HERE. You can also call Governor Brown’s Office during the week here: Phone: (916) 445-2841. Tell him that you believe dyslexia is important and that the new dyslexia law (A.B. 1369) should be signed by him. Usually there will be a staffer who will take down your information – and later report to him how many people called support and how many oppose.
From the Dyslexic Advantage Dyslexia at School Survey:
“True or False: A principal, teacher, or other professional at my student’s school told me that they do not use the term dyslexia.” A whopping 78% of California parents said that an authority at their school didn’t use the term dyslexia!
If you haven’t taken the survey and you are a parent of a student with dyslexia, take it now here: Dyslexia at School Survey. Share the link too. It’s really making a difference! We’ll report on more important findings as we’re able. Thank you so much!
Dyslexia-Specific laws are an important first step for teachers, schools, and districts to start recognizing the educational needs of dyslexic students.
Californian Parents of Dyslexic Student are Being Told By Their Schools That Dyslexia is Not a Term Their Schools Use
From our over 2300 respondents to our Dyslexia at School Survey (still open), there are dramatic differences in school practice and policy. For instance, where as 78% of the parents of dyslexic students in California have heard that “a principal, teacher, or other professional told me that they do not use the term ‘dyslexia'”, only 6% of parents in Texas agreed with the same. A key difference is that Texas had its first Dyslexia law in 1985 (and subsequent laws and policies passed). One of the leaders of the Bipartisan Dyslexia Caucus is Representative Lamar Smith. The Caucus recently wrote to Asst Secretary Yudin to ask that the Department of Education clarify to state education departments and districts that the term ‘dyslexia’ should be used in the public school system.
As the Bipartisan Caucus on Dyslexia points out – dyslexia should be recognized at ALL schools in the US as it is specifically mentioned under the IDEA 2004. It is important to recognize dyslexia as there are specific educational challenges and strategies to remediate and support involving areas such as reading, writing, processing speed, as well as often specific aspects of memory, executive function, and math. Dyslexia is also associated with strengths, and we firmly believe that an appropriate education for students must consider children’s strengths and intellectual ability.
Why is Texas so ahead of other states? Texas’ first dyslexia law was passed in 1985! Representative Lamar Smith from San Antonio is currently one of the leaders of the Bipartisan Dyslexia Caucus. Representative Julia Brownley from California is co-chair.