2022 Legislative Action Alert

 

Contact your MN Senator and MN Representative during Legislative Session to support SF2872 / HF3300:

We have had our first hearing on the bill in both the Senate and the House.  In order to further gain support for the LETRS bill, we need your help. Please contact both your Senator and your MN House Representative and educate them on the issue and why it is important.

  1. Find your MN Senator and MN Representative here.
  2. Write and email a letter to them using this template. In the letter, share your story and ask for their support for the LETRS bill that appropriates 30 million in grant dollars for MN teachers to take the LETRS professional development that supports struggling readers. 
  3. Make an appointment to meet your legislators. This can be done via Zoom or within your district at a local coffee shop, which can be less formal and less intimidating.   

Here is general information about the legislative process and communicating with legislators.

 

Other Ways to Take Action for Students with Dyslexia

 

How to reach out to your school (Principals, Special Education Director, School Board members):

  1. Continue to advocate for your children, talk to your schools about dyslexia and give them a copy of the paper produced by MDE called Navigating the School System when a child is struggling with Reading or Dyslexia. (Note that some statutes have been revised since publication.)
  2. Provide the statement released in October 2015 by Michael Yudin from the U.S. Department of Education clarifying that there is nothing in IDEA that prohibits the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in the IDEA evaluation, eligibility determinations, and the IEP documents.
  3. Provide the statement released in November 2015 by Michael Yudin from the U.S. Department of Education stating that children with disabilities must be held to high expectations and meaningful access to a State's academic content standards. The IEP must align with the content standards for the grade that the child is enrolled.

What Else Can I do?

  1. Follow us on Social Media @DyslexiaMN:
    1. Like us on Facebook and join our discussions.
    2. Follow us on Twitter.
    3. Instagram
    4. LinkedIn
  2. Minnesota parents can join our Parent Support FB Group.
  3. Share this website with your family, friends, and school.
  4. Talk to your local library about doing a display of dyslexia books during October's Dyslexia Awareness Month (see books ideas under the Resource section).
  5. Make a donation to support our activities. 
  6. Get involved at a local level:
    • Contact us to see if your district has a Facebook dyslexia community page 
    • Get involved in your local PTA/PTO.
    • Go to your school board meeting.  Template letter.   Template speech.
    • Join a variety of district committees, talk to other parents at local events, and discuss dyslexia with educators.
  7. Get educated about Dyslexia - See Resource page.
  8. If you shop at Amazon, use Amazon Smile and make sure to select Decoding Dyslexia Minnesota. 0.5% of your purchase goes to us!