MN 2017 Legislative Session
DDMN's Dyslexia Specialist Bill has passed!!
The bills states: "The department must employ a dyslexia specialist to provide technical assistance for dyslexia and related
disorders and to serve as the primary source of information and support for schools in addressing the needs of students with dyslexia and related disorders. The dyslexia specialist shall also act to increase professional awareness and instructional competencies to meet the educational needs of students with dyslexia or identified with risk characteristics associated with dyslexia."
See here for a summary of updates from the K-12 Education Bill that Gov. Dayton signed.
Here is a slide show of how our bills gained support and moved through the House and Senate during session.
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.