Mississippi – 2021 – HB 754 – Dyslexia Education

An act to create new section 37-173-16, Mississippi code of 1972, to provide the steps schools must take for the education and care of students with dyslexia and other related disorders; to provide that the department of education shall require school districts to conduct four hours of awareness training for dyslexia and other related disorders to all licensed educators and paraprofessionals responsible for instruction; to provide that standard 1 and standard 2 of the International Dyslexia Association’s “Knowledge and practice standards for teachers of reading” 2018 edition shall be the minimum content used for the dyslexia training; to amend section 37-173-9, Mississippi code of 1972, to delete certain provisions relating to school’s determination of students with dyslexia; and for related purposes.

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  1. If the state is going to require schools to address dyslexia and accept dyslexia eligibility rulings from outside sources then they need to allow districts to serve these children through special education services. Mississippi requires schools to screen for dyslexia at a young age when a great number of children still do not have concrete knowledge of the alphabet or phonetic sounds which will automatically flag them as possibly dyslexic. Parents will then overreact and look for an outside source to rule the child dyslexic. Schools are then forced to serve the child and there is a minimal number of therapists available. Mississippi does provide Phonics First training for teachers which is very beneficial for all students.

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