Senate “Reading Success” Bill (SB681) Perfected by MO Senate

SB681 the “Reading Success” Bill sponsored by Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin was perfected (passed) by the MO Senate on March 2. It is now on its way to the MO House for committee review and hopefully successful passage on the House floor. We will keep you posted on upcoming votes and hearings for this important bill.

Thank you for all of the calls/emails you made in support of SB681. Together we can achieve “Reading Success” this year!

HB1556 Hearing Set for Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022

HB1556 “The Reading Success Bill” sponsored by Rep. David Gregory will be heard in the House Hearing Room 7 on Tuesday, February 15 at 8 am.  This legislation would positively influence all children struggling with reading in public schools.  We need your help to let the Committee know how important appropriate reading intervention is for struggling readers in MO public schools.  Take a moment to review the full text of this bill by clicking on the bill number (highlighted in blue) above, then let the Committee members know how crucial appropriate evidenced-based reading instruction is for dyslexic children.  Here are the ways you can help:

1.)  Submit written testimony for the hearing via this form on the House website. 2.)  Contacting the Members of the House Education Committee (see contact information and talking points below) to ask them for their support of HB368
3.)  Attend the hearing and give testimony in person.   

For “talking points”, Committee contact links, and additional information please click here.

We hope to see you on Tuesday!

Let’s Make 2022 a “Reading Success”! Support SB681 and HB1556

The “Reading Success” bills (SB681 and HB1556), sponsored by Senator O’Laughlin and Representative Gregory, update current state statute to include appropriate, scientific evidence-based practices that help students with dyslexia and other reading deficiencies learn to read. It would require schools to use structured literacy and the science of reading for students who are screened positive for dyslexia in public school screenings or who have a diagnosis of dyslexia.You can read the full text for these bills by clicking on the blue links above.

Please contact your legislators today and ask them to support SB681 and HB1556!  (You can find the contact information for your legislators here.)

We will be sure to keep you updated as these bills progress during the session.  Let’s make 2022 the year that all children have “Reading Success”!

Let’s Make 2022 a “Reading Success”! Support SB681 and HB1556

The “Reading Success” bills (SB681 and HB1556), sponsored by Senator O’Laughlin and Representative Gregory, update current state statute to include appropriate, scientific evidence-based practices that help students with dyslexia and other reading deficiencies learn to read. It would require schools to use structured literacy and the science of reading for students who are screened positive for dyslexia in public school screenings or who have a diagnosis of dyslexia.You can read the full text for these bills by clicking on the blue links above.

Please contact your legislators today and ask them to support SB681 and HB1556!  (You can find the contact information for your legislators here.)

We will be sure to keep you updated as these bills progress during the session.  Let’s make 2022 the year that all children have “Reading Success”!

Dyslexia is Real!

Does your student feel different or alone facing the challenge of reading in the classroom? They are not alone! 1 in 5 Missouri students faces the same struggles with reading due to dyslexia everyday in Missouri. They also have some really great talents, too. Let’s celebrate the strengths! Together we can help them become the “Superhero” of their own story.

Legislative Alert: Senate “Reading Success” Bill Hearing Set for Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The Missouri Senate “Reading Success” bill (SB681) has been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee next Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

Senate Bill (SB681) “The Reading Success Bill” sponsored by Sen. O’Laughlin will be heard at 12:00pm in the Senate Lounge.

Take a moment to review the summary of this bill by clicking on the bill number (highlighted in blue) above or the full bill text here.  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 reading proficiency 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 681 (SB681) that will be heard in your Education Committee on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. 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 reading and dyslexia would benefit from the passage of Senate Bill 54 (SB54). I respectfully ask for your support of this bill!

Sincerely, ____________________________________________________________________________

House “Reading Success” Bill (HB2470) March 17 Hearing Cancelled Due to CoVID-19 Restrictions at State Capitol

The MO State Capitol has now been put on a restriction of “essential personnel” only due to the CoVID-19 prevention concerns, and the March 17 House Education Committee public hearing for HB2470 has been cancelled.

We will update everyone on any rescheduling information or ways to submit testimony as they are communicated.

In the meantime, please support this important bill by contacting the House Education Committee members and asking for their support of structured literacy.   A bill summary can be found here.  Full details of HB2470 can be found here.

Take a moment to review the full text of this bill 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!

Let’s show our Legislators that this bill really matters to families in MO!   Please contact the following members of the House Education Committee by phone or email to respectfully request them for 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.)

House Education Committee Members:

Rep Chuck Basye (Committee Chairman)  (573) 751-1501  email here
Rep. Dottie Bailey (Committee Vice-Chair)  (573) 751-0562   email here
Rep. Judy Morgan  (573) 751-4485  email here
Rep. Ben Baker (573) 751-9781  email here
Rep. Gretchen Bangert (573) 751-5365  email here
Rep. Paula Brown (573) 751-4163  email here
Rep. Phil Christofanelli  (573) 751-2949   email here
Rep. Shamed Dogan (573) 751-4392  email here
Rep. Karla Eslinger (573) 751-2042  email here
Rep. Michael O’Donnell  (573) 751-3762   email here
Rep. Raychel Proudie (573) 751-0855  email here
Rep. Nick Schroer  (573) 751-1470  email here
Rep. Dan Stacy  (573) 751-8636   email here
Rep. Kathryn Swan  (573) 751-1443   email here

Contact us here with any questions regarding these bills.

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 (insert bill number here__________) that has been referred to your Education Committee and was scheduled to be heard on March 17.  This bill will require schools to adopt a structured literacy 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 HB2470.  I respectfully ask for your support of this bill!

Sincerely,

Become a Dyslexia Awareness Advocate!

Organizations across the country are promoting dyslexia awareness.  We invite you to check out the many ways to get involved and promote awareness.  The perfect place to start?  Join the Decoding Dyslexia-MO movement, of course!  Scroll down to find more ways to get involved.
Join The Decoding Dyslexia-MO Movement
Are you passionate about raising dyslexia awareness and empowering families to support their children with dyslexia?  Would you like to help inform policy-makers on the state of dyslexia in MO schools?  Then we need you as a member!

Becoming a member is simple.  There are no dues or fees and any level of participation is valued.  Perhaps you want to volunteer your time and talent.  Or you simply want to receive legislative alerts.  A key to Decoding Dyslexia’s success across the country has been the willingness of individuals such as yourself to share their story and knowledge with other parents and educators in their day to day life.

Please fill out our contact form (to the right of this post) to sign up as a member and join our email list.  You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and join our Decoding Dyslexia MO Group page on Facebook.  We would love to hear from you!  DDMO is a completely free, volunteer organization with no fees for membership.

 Start A Conversation About Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities 

Ever find yourself at a loss for words when trying to explain to others what it really means when you say, “My child has a learning disability”? What do you say to your own parents for whom the concept of dyslexia or learning disabilities might not be familiar? How about coaches? If you have other children without LD or related issues, how do you talk to them?

The National Center For Learning Disabilities (www.ncld.org) developed resources to ensure that every stakeholder knows the important role they can play in helping students develop essential self-advocacy skills and the capacity for self-determination. Here are some of the activities each stakeholder can engage in to make a difference:

Self Advocacy Skills and Self-Determination for Students with Disabilities

 Share Your Story

Someone out there needs you.  Whether you’re “The One” with dyslexia or you’re “Helping The One” with dyslexia, your voice is powerful.  Learning Ally has created a website, www.explore1in5.org, dedicated helping the estimated 60 million people dealing with dyslexia.

If you’re ‘the one’ in 1in5, tell your story at Being the One.

If you’re part of a dyslexic’s support system – Mom, Dad, family, and friends – tell your story at Helping the One.

Register for DDMO/MPACT Conference Now!

 

Join us Friday, May 3, 2019,  for a conference entitled “How to Improve Word-Level Reading in Students with Dyslexia” featuring David Kilpatrick, PhD and presented by Decoding Dyslexia MO in conjunction with MPACT Missouri Parents ACT.

Implementation of the new Missouri state dyslexia law began this school year and additional legislation focused on evidence-based reading interventions has been filed in the legislature. To support teachers, parents and other professionals in understanding dyslexia and other reading disabilities, David Kilpatrick, Ph.D. will present in St. Louis, Missouri on May 3. David’s book, Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, is used by DESE and the RPDC Dyslexia Consultants as a source of information and study.

The presentation will focus on how children learn to read words and why some children struggle. Understanding the nature of word-level reading development and word-level reading problems will guide both assessment and intervention. Studies consistently show that the most commonly used intervention approaches provide limited benefits for weak readers. However, other studies have shown that some approaches can yield very large reading gains for such students. Once we understand how reading works and why some students struggle, the reasons for this pattern of intervention findings become clear. The focus is on establishing the best instructional and intervention practices.

More about David Kilpatrick, PhD https://equippedforreadingsuccess.com/about-the-author/

**Thanks to DD-MO and MPACT donors we are able to provide this conference for a discounted rate.**

Register Today!

Included in registration: Light Breakfast, Lunch and Refreshments

Registration
Parent Registration = $75
Early Bird Professional Registration = $85
Professional After April 3, 2019= $100
REFUNDS: No refunds. Tickets are transferrable.
CEU’s pending

Discounted room blocks available at Holiday Inn available until 4/11/2019.
Exhibitor tables limited- $100 (lunch and seminar included)

Visit this link to book the $94 rate for Decoding Dyslexia and MPACT. The room code is APM.
https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/st-louis/stlsw/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-HI-_-US-_-STLSW

Contact Amey McAllister at amcallister@missouriparentsact.org for more information.

 

Urgent Legislative Update – SB949

Senate Bill 949 (SB949) has received Senate approval and will be heard this Monday, May 14 at 2 pm by the House Rules Committee in House Hearing Room 1.  Please take a moment to review SB949 here, which establishes appropriate reading interventions for students K-3 with dyslexia and reading difficulties., and then take action by letting Committee members know we need their support!

Let’s show our Representatives that this bill really matters to You and Your kids!   Please contact the following members of the House Rules Committee to respectfully request the Committee members to support SB 949 (before Monday at 2 pm):
Rep. Joe Runions – 573-751-0238; Joe.Runions@house.mo.gov
Rep. John Carpenter – 573-751-4787; Jon.Carpenter@house.mo.gov
Rep. Sarah Unsicker – 573-751-1285; Sarah.Unsicker@house.mo.gov
Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr – 573-751-2383; Bruce.Franks@house.mo.gov

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, but don’t make it too long.  (See sample letter below for ideas.)

Please let your representative know how crucial appropriate reading instruction is for dyslexic children and how 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 take a moment today to show your support for appropriate interventions for students with dyslexia!

____________________________________________________
Sample letter:

Dear Representative __________,

I am writing today to ask for your support of SB949 that will be heard in the House Rules Committee on Monday at 2 pm.  This bill will require schools to provide the scientifically evidenced-based reading programs that help children with dyslexia learn to read.

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 with the passage of SB949.  I respectfully ask for your support of this bill!

Sincerely,