In 2019, The Reading Center joined a coalition of like-minded organizations in Minnesota to influence public policy decisions at the state legislature. Our partners are: International Dyslexia Association, Upper Midwest Branch, Groves Academy, and Decoding Dyslexia Minnesota.
** APRIL 2019 UPDATE: Both the Minnesota House of Representatives (HF2400 - Davnie) and Minnesota Senate (SF7 - Nelson) have released their education bills. These bills are expected to pass through their respective legislative bodies and be sent to a conference committee after the Easter/Passover recess to then come up with a compromise bill to be sent to the Governor.
A summary of the House bill can be found HERE. The bill does include some dyslexia specific language.
Article 2, Section 8. Identification; report. Requires a school district to screen for characteristics of dyslexia all students identified as not reading at grade level by the end of kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2. Requires a district to screen for characteristics of dyslexia students in grade 3 or higher who demonstrate a reading difficulty, unless a different reason for the reading difficulty has been identified.
Article 10, Section 1. Modifies the duties of the dyslexia specialist at the Department of Education. Requires the specialist to provide guidance to school districts and charter schools on particular subjects, and provide guidance to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board on developing license renewal requirements on dyslexia.
A summary of the Senate bill can be found HERE. The bill does include some dyslexia specific language.
Article 2, Section 36. Allows the Commissioner to establish the Minnesota Reads action council that includes membership by someone from Decoding Dyslexia Minnesota.
Article 3, Section 4. Reading strategies. Requires a teacher preparation program to include research-based best practices in reading in the program. Requires programs preparing elementary education, early childhood education, special education, and reading intervention teachers to include instruction on dyslexia.
Article 3, Section 6. Reading preparation. Requires the rules adopted by the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board in further reading preparation to apply to early childhood through grade 8 licensed teachers. The reading preparation must enable a teacher to: Understand dyslexia and recognize dyslexia characteristics in students; and Identify and access Department of Education personnel and professional resources using dyslexia best practices.
The group has three legislative goals this session:
Other bills of interest
Optional teacher training in evidence-based reading instruction (SF733 - Nelson)
House E-12 Policy Committee (March 5 2019)
The professional development and screening bill were heard.
Senate E-12 Committee (February 6, 2019)
Senate E-12 Committee (January 28, 2019)