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For a quick overview, try this search for “dyslexia” at the Open States web site.  It will return a list of all bills containing the word dyslexia, in reverse date order based on the most recent action on each bill.

2017 New & Pending Legislation

The table below lists bills that introduced or acted upon in various state legislatures during 2017:

StateSessionBill TitleBill IDIntroducedSession EndStatusOutcome
Arizona2017Defines DyslexiaSB 11311/18/174/28/17Bill HistoryPassed
Arizona2017Dyslexia Handbook; DefinitionHB 22021/17/174/28/17Bill HistoryPassed
Arkansas2017Dyslexia Screening and InterventionSB 7081/19/175/5/17Bill HistoryPassed - Act 1039
Connecticut2017Required Training for Special Education TeachersHB 72543/9/176/7/17Bill HistoryPassed; Public Act No. 17-3
D.C.2017-2018Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Screening and Prevention Pilot ProgramDC B 79 1/24/1712/31/18Bill History
Kentucky2017Dyslexia Screening & InterventionHB 3072/10/173/30/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee (Rules)
Massachusetts2017-2018Definition of DyslexiaHB 3301/23/171/2/19Bill History
Massachusetts2017-2018An Act relative to students with dyslexia.SD 1498, SB 2941/23/171/2/19Bill History
Massachusetts 2017-2018Dyslexia Definition & Educational GuidelinesHB 28723/20/171/2/19Bill History
Minnesota2017-2018Dyslexia and literacy specialist requiredHB 6681/30/175/21/18Bill History
Minnessota2017-2018
Dyslexia and literacy specialist employmentSB 4531/27/175/21/18Bill History
Mississippi2017 Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship HB 1034, HB 1036, HB 10461/16/174/2/17Bill HistoryPassed
Mississippi2017Dyslexia Forgivable Loan ProgramHB 9121/6/173/29/17Bill HistoryDied on Calendar
Mississippi2017
Dyslexia CoordinatorHB 4211/5/174/2/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee
Mississippi2017Hinds County Dyslexia Therapy Pilot ProgramHB 10471/3/174/2/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee
Mississippi 2017Dyslexia ScreeningsHB 4431/5/174/2/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee
Nebraska2017-2018Interim Dyslexia StudyLR 2225/10/174/2/18Bill History
Nebraska2017-2018Add dyslexia for purposes of special educationLB 6451/18/174/2/18Bill HistoryPassed ( Section 79-1118.01 (6) Reissue Revised Statutes of Nebraska)
New Jersey2016-2017State Dyslexia websiteSB 1333, AB 30192/11/161/9/18Bill History
New Jersey2016-2017Pilot Program Assistive TechnologyAB 32442/22/161/9/18Bill History
New York2017-2018Dyslexia Guidance MemorandumA 8262; S 658106/02/1712/31/17Bill StatusPassed and signed by Governor
New York2017-2018Pilot program, Dyslexia screening and InterventionAB 7086; SB 27674/4/1712/31/17AB 7086 - SB 2767
New York2017-2018Required Certification of Dyslexia TeachersAB 1480; SB 25341/12/1712/31/17AB 1480 Status; SB 2534 status
North Carolina2017-2018Students with Dyslexia and DyscalculiaHB 1492/21/179/9/17Bill
History
Passed & Signed by Governor
North Carolina2017-2018Kindergarten Screening for DyslexiaSB 4183/29/179/9/17Bill History
Oregon2017Screening Tests for DyslexiaSB 10033/2/177/10/17Bill HistoryPassed; ORS 326.726 a
Rhode Island2017Dyslexia Certificate FundingHJR 60754/5/177/14/17Bill HistoryIn finance committee; will carry over to 2018 session
South Carolina2017-2018Universal ScreeningHB 34141/11/176/10/18Bill History
Texas2017Dyslexia Therapist Licensing RequirementHB 11311/18/175/29/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee
Texas2017Dyslexia TestingHB 18862/14/20175/29/17Bill HistoryPassed
Virginia2017Required District Reading Specialist with Dyslexia TrainingHB 2395; SB 15161/18/172/25/17Bill HistoryPassed
Virginia2017Dyslexia Advisor in Public SchoolsSB 7591/22/162/25/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee
West Virginia2017Education & Assessment, Dyslexia and DyscalculiaHB 30233/14/174/8/17Bill HistoryDied in Committee

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California Dyslexia Handbook Published

CaliforniaThe California Department of Education has now published its guidelines to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers, and parents to identify and assess pupils with dyslexia, and to plan, provide, evaluate, and improve educational services to pupils with dyslexia.

The 132 page handbook can be downloaded in PDF format here:   www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/ac/documents/cadyslexiaguidelines.pdf

North Carolina – 2017 – HB 149 – Students with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

North Carolina mapAn act to require the state board of education and local boards of education to develop tools to ensure identification of students with dyslexia and dyscalculia. Requires the State Board of Education to ensure that ongoing professional development opportunities are made available to teachers and other school personnel on the identification of and intervention strategies for students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, or other specific learning disabilities.

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Article: A Critical Analysis of Dyslexia Legislation in Three States

green apple on red booksAbstract: After a multitude of studies across more than a century, researchers have failed to consistently identify characteristics or patterns that distinguish dyslexia from other decoding challenges. Many researchers and educators argue the construct is too vague and contradictory to be useful for educators. Nevertheless, attention to dyslexia in policy and practice has increased at a rapid rate; 37 states now have dyslexia laws, and national legislation was passed in 2016.

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Nebraska – 2017- LB 645 – Add dyslexia for purposes of special education

Adds dyslexia to special education statute.  Defines dyslexia as a  a specific learning disability that (a) is neurobiological in origin, (b) is characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities, (c) typically results from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and effective classroom instruction, and (d) has secondary consequences that may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that may impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge;