DDMN's Dyslexia Specialist Bill has passed!!
Governor Dayton signed the K-12 Education Bill.
It is with great excitement that we announce another win for Minnesota's dyslexia community! DDMN's Dyslexia Specialist Bill has passed!! There is also updated language in the Read Well by 3rd Grade Statute (120B.12) and the Alternate Instruction Statute (125A.56) that will help support struggling readers and those contending with dyslexia.
Thank you to all who have supported our advocacy efforts this session! It's been a LONG session and we simply couldn't have done it without your letters, calls, and presence.
Many Thanks to Legislators for their steadfast support and tireless efforts: Senator Roger Chamberlain, Senator Chuck Wiger, Senator Carla Nelson, Senator Foung Hawj, Representative Brian Daniels, Representative Barb Haley, and many others.
The bill that just passed will not be official 2017 law until it is presented in summer 2017.
Stayed tuned for more information about what this means for parents, students and educators.
Pacer Center's Sponsered event on Dyslexia
On June 7 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D., and Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D., co-directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, and national experts on dyslexia, will discuss screening, diagnosis, evidence-based interventions, and new educational approaches. For more information and registration see Pacer's website.
What an amazing Day on the Hill!
We united as a collective group to illustrate an inequity MN children face in their educational experiences. What an outpouring of camaraderie, support, and advocacy! Seeing all of the children with their signs and hearing their voices as they joined us at the podium is a beautiful memory we won't soon forget!
In the afternoon, parents, students and advocates FILLED the seats in the Senate Education Policy hearing! DD-MN had a powerful testimony with Lyn Haselmann, Dr. Amy Schulting, John Alexander, Jane Conlin, Amanda Cocoran, Luca Preza, and Johanna Honsa testifying on behalf of SF 453.
Star Tribune Journalist, Jean Hopfensperger, has attended Dyslexia Day the past three years and covered the event. See the article here.
Visit our Facebook page for lots of video and photos of the day. If you took pictures, please post on our page.
A big THANK YOU to everyone, especially our children, for helping DD-MN drive change for Minnesota's children!!