Congratulations to Missouri for its new Dyslexia bill signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon. From St. Louis Today:

The new law “requires the screening of every public school student for dyslexia starting in the 2018-19 school year. Screenings would be informal and brief, leading to earlier detection. The measure also mandates that teachers receive two hours of training on methods to address the disorder, and that a 20-member task force recommend how classroom services should be delivered.

Some classroom accommodations can be put in place immediately.”

Congratulations to all the grassroots efforts by individuals and groups like Decoding Dyslexia who made this possible.

States lobbying for real change for dyslexic students must ask for universal screening, teacher training, and oversight. 2 hours is too small a requirement for teacher training, but it’s a start.