Lousiana – 2015 – HR 33 / SR 79 – Education & Dyslexia

 LouisianaRequests schools and state and local educational agencies to address the educational implications of dyslexia.

Note: A resolution is an expression of legislative sentiment, but does not have the force of law.

Text of Resolution:

A RESOLUTION To urge and request schools and state and local educational agencies to recognize that dyslexia has significant educational implications that must be addressed.

WHEREAS, dyslexia is defined as an unexpected difficulty in reading for an individual who has the intelligence to be a much better reader; it reflects a hardship in acquiring and processing sounds of spoken language which typically impacts speaking, reading, spelling, and often, learning a second language; and

WHEREAS, dyslexia is highly prevalent and persistent; in some form, dyslexia affects one out of five individuals; and

WHEREAS, dyslexia is a paradox and it is often found that the same individual who has a weakness in decoding or a weakness in reading fluency also has strengths in higher level cognitive functions, such as reasoning, critical thinking, concept formation, and problem solving; and

WHEREAS, great progress has been made in understanding dyslexia at a scientific level, including its epidemiology, and cognitive and neurobiological bases; and

WHEREAS, diagnosis of dyslexia is critical and it must lead to focused, evidencebased interventions, necessary accommodations, self-awareness, self-empowerment, and success in school and life.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the [House of Representatives / Senate] of the Legislature of Louisiana does hereby urge and request schools and state and local educational agencies to recognize that dyslexia has significant educational implications that must be addressed.

2 thoughts on “Lousiana – 2015 – HR 33 / SR 79 – Education & Dyslexia

  1. Barbara, the particular bill noted on this page is a legislative “resolution” which would not have required signature by the governor. A “resolution” is generally a proclamation that does not have force of law — in this case, it is just both legislative bodies saying that dyslexia is important.

    You can find all laws in Lousiana that have been tracked on this site by using our “State Dyslexia Laws” table at https://www.dyslegia.com/state-dyslexia-laws/ — enter “Lousiana” in the search box over the table, and that will filter entries so you will see the Lousiana laws only.

    The earliest law that we have a record of would be “Testing pupils’ sight and hearing; testing for dyslexia;” which was first passed in 1986 but amended many times since. Charles “Buddy” Roemer was Governor of Louisiana from 1988-1992

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