Stop this Texas Bill!

Update: On May 9, the Senate Business and Commerce Committee approved a substitute bill with several changes to the House Bill, including removal of the section regarding dyslexia licensing. This means that, as currently worded, the Senate Committee Substitute for HB 2847 does not contain provisions that would change dyslexia licensing requirements in Texas. We want to acknowledge and thank the many Texas parents and educators who took the time to make their objections known in advance of the Senate Committee hearings.

What this means: The bill can still be changed, so we will keep monitoring until a final version is either passed or voted down. The next steps in the process are: (1) The Senate Committee Substitute will go to the Senate Floor for a full vote. (2) If the Senate passes the Committee Substitute bill in its current form, a Reconciliation Committee will be appointed with members from both legislative houses, to resolve differences in the House and Senate versions. (3) Final votes will be taken in each house on the version of the bill proposed by the Reconciliation Committee.

Why we were concerned: The language contained in this proposed law would force learning centers throughout Texas to shut down, and will force many private tutors to give up their work. It would also place burdens on homeschoolers and other parents working with their own dyslexic children. The bill was written by Texas Representative Miller and initially introduced as HB 3244. After HB 3244 failed to progress in committee, Rep. Miller added its provisions to a different bill, HB 2847, as a floor amendment, allowing its passage in a hurried setting without hearing or debate.

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2019 New & Pending Legislation

This table lists more than 75 bills that are pending or being acted upon in various state legislatures during 2019.  The table includes a global search utility, allowing search by state, key word, status, or bill number. 
Table updated May 20, 2019

Read more2019 New & Pending Legislation

Montana-2019-SB 140-Dyslexia Screening and Intervention

Montana

An act addressing dyslexia in Montana; providing a definition of dyslexia and reiterating the existing obligation of school districts to identify students with dyslexia and evaluate them for special education and related services; requiring school districts to screen students for dyslexia and address the needs of students identified with dyslexia; requiring the office of public instruction to provide guidance to school districts on identifying and serving students with dyslexia; Emphasizing the need for teachers and other school personnel to be prepared to Identify and serve students with dyslexia; and providing an effective date and an
applicability date.

Tennessee – 2019 – HB 252 – Accommodations on State Licensing Exams

Tennessee

State Government – As introduced, requires an agency that requires an examination to be administered to a person applying for a license to engage in an occupation, trade, or profession to provide reasonable accommodations to a person diagnosed with dyslexia. – Amends TCA Title 4.

Read moreTennessee – 2019 – HB 252 – Accommodations on State Licensing Exams

Maryland-2019-SB734-Dyslexia Screening

Maryland state outline

Requiring each county board of education, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, to ensure that a certain student is screened to identify if the student is at risk for reading difficulties; requiring the screening instrument to be based on foundational reading skills that include phonological and phonemic awareness and processing; requiring the county board to provide supplemental reading instruction and parental notification in cases where it is determined a student is at risk for reading difficulties; etc.

Georgia – 2019 – SB 48 – Dyslexia Screening

State of Georgia

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 20 of the O.C.G.A., relating to education, so as to provide for identification of and support for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade with dyslexia; to provide for definitions; to require the Department of Education to make a dyslexia informational handbook available to local school systems; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Oklahoma-2019-HB1228-Annual Dyslexia Awareness Training

Oklahoma

Provides that once per year, beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, a dyslexia awareness program shall be offered. At a minimum, the program shall include: 1. Training in awareness of dyslexia characteristics in students; 2. Training in effective classroom instruction to meet the needs of students with dyslexia; and 3. Available dyslexia resources for teachers, students and parents.