MN 2017 Legislative Session
Here is a slide show of how our bills have gained support and moved through the House and Senate.
Designate a Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist at MDE to provide school districts with support and resources for struggling readers and students with dyslexia.
Provide grant dollars to teachers to receive professional development on dyslexia, its warning signs, and appropriate intervention strategies.
Amend Statute 125A.56 for students to receive alternative instruction that is multisensory, systematic, sequential, cumulative and explicit.
MN 2016 Legislative Session
MN 2016 Statutes have been updated with the 2016 session outcomes. MN Statute 120B.12 - Reading Proficiently No Later Than The End Of 3rd Grade has the new dyslexia amendment (found in Subd 2). The language states:
- The district must annually report a summary of the district's efforts to screen and identify students with dyslexia to the commissioner by July 1.
- (b) A student identified under this subdivision must be provided with alternate instruction.
Please help us educate Minnesota schools of the new statute for students with dyslexia!! Together we are ensuring that the needs of our children with dyslexia are visible in the eyes of MN educators.
MN 2015 Legislation Session
Definition of Dyslexia Statute (125A.01) states: "Dyslexia" means a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent recognition of words and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. Students who have a dyslexia diagnosis must meet the state and federal eligibility criteria in order to qualify for special education services.
How does a bill become a law?
Here is a link to understand the process of how an idea gets drafted into a bill, and the steps it takes to become a law.
Here is more information about the legislative process and communicating with legislators.
Our champion, Senator Roger Chamberlain (38-R), addressed the Senate Floor on dyslexia during the 2015 legislative session.