What has Education Secretary nominee Betsy Devos said about Dyslexia in her Senate Confirmation Hearing?  Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) specifically asked her about her positions regarding dyslexia. It looks promising – but of course  early to tell…

For full confirmation hearing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRBNkMM0-pM

This exchange occurs around 1 hr 34 minutes.

Senator Cassidy as you may know has been a strong advocate for dyslexia in the Senate (children are dyslexic, his wife started a charter school for dyslexia in Louisiana – although it has had some setbacks). Senator Cassidy has said that he would endorse DeVos for Secretary.

Some of you may be aware that there was a long battle getting former Secretary Arne Duncan to recognize dyslexia (it was opposed by teachers unions as unnecessary etc.). He did ultimately recognize it toward the end of his term – and dyslexia is now mentioned specifically in several Department of Education letters and guidelines.