Legislative Alert: Senate “Reading Success” Bill Hearing Set for Tuesday, February 9

The Missouri Senate “Reading Success” bill (SB54) has been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee next Tuesday, February 9!

Senate Bill (SB54) “The Reading Success Bill” sponsored by Sen. O’Laughlin will be heard at a time and place TBD. We will post the assigned time/location on our DDMO Facebook page and our DDMO FB Group Page once the hearing has been set.

Take a moment to review the full text of this bill by clicking on the bill number (highlighted in blue) above and read our “Talking Points”.  Then let the Committee Members know how crucial appropriate evidenced-based reading instruction is for dyslexic children. This legislation would positively influence all children struggling with literacy in public schools.

We cannot over-emphasize how important your calls/emails will be in the forward movement of this bill and future passage!

Please let the Committee members know that this bill really matters to families in MO! Please contact the following members of the Senate Education Committee by phone or email to respectfully request their support. Personal examples of your child’s struggles and when he or she has succeeded with the right kind of help will make your story, letter or email more compelling. (See sample letter below for ideas.)

Senate Education Committee Members:

Senator Cindy O’Laughlin (Committee Chair/Bill Sponsor) (573) 751-7985 email (to thank her for sponsoring the bill) here

Senator Rick Brattin (Committee Vice Chair) email here

Senator Lauren Arthur (573) 751-5282 email here

Senator Mike Cierpiot (573) 751-1464 email here

Senator Elaine Gannon (573) 751-4008 email here

Senator Andrew Koenig (573) 751-5568 email here

Senator Greg Razer (573) 751-6607 email here

Senator Bob Onder (573) 751-1282 email here

Senator Jill Schupp (573) 751-9762 email here

*Please note that the above Senate email links will display a disclaimer. Please click on “Continue to the contact page” to submit your email message.

Contact us at info@decodingdyslexia-mo.org with any questions regarding the bill.

Please take a moment today to show your support for appropriate reading interventions for students with dyslexia! ____________________________________________________________________________

Sample letter:

Dear __________,

I am writing today to ask for your support of Senate Bill 54 (SB54) that will be heard in your Education Committee on Tuesday, February 9. This bill will require schools to adopt an appropriate intervention program that is evidenced based to help children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties.

My child has struggled…(include a short personal story).

That is why I feel that not only my child but every child who struggles with dyslexia would benefit from the passage of Senate Bill 54 (SB54). I respectfully ask for your support of this bill!

Sincerely, ____________________________________________________________________________