New Jersey 2008-2009 AB 880 / SB 2400 – New Jersey Reading Disabilities Task Force

identificationEstablishes New Jersey Reading Disabilities Task Force, providing:

1. The Legislature finds and declares that:

a. Approximately 85% of all children who receive special education services have basic deficits in language and reading; and

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Kansas 2009-2010 HB 2199 – Early identification and intervention

earlyidRequires screening of children in grades K-2 for dyslexia and other reading disabilities. Requires schools to accept a diagnosis of dyslexia by a psychologist or medical doctor. Requires the school district to implement a reading instruction program commensurate with the student’s reading deficiencies, whether or not the student has an individualized education plan.

Iowa 2009-2010 SB 384 – Mandatory Grade Retention

retention1001 This bill requires the board of directors of a school district, beginning august 1, 2009, to adopt a student promotion policy that facilitates collaboration among teachers, parents, and guardians of the student, and the school district, to support student reading at grade level. Beginning july 1, 2012, the bill prohibits a school district from promoting a student enrolled in grade three to grade four if the student is more than one year below grade level in reading, unless retention at the current grade level is determined not to be in the best interest of the child.

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US Supreme Court: IDEA requires reimbursement for private school

supreme-courtIn  Forest Grove School Dist. vs. T.A., the US Supreme Court held that parents may be entitled to reimbursement for expenditures for a private school, when the public school has failed to appropriately identify a student as  being in need of special education services.

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Massachusetts 2009-2010 HB 468 / 4665 – High school graduation requirements

An Act relating to high school graduation requirements for studentsgraduate with learning disabilities. Provides that any student who fails to satisfy the requirements of the competency determination may nonetheless receive a  high school diploma if the following requirements are met:

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Iowa 2009-2010 SB 412 – Special Education Alternative Reading Instruction

dancing alphabet lettersA bill  providing for a special education alternative reading instruction pilot project and including a contingency clause and an effective date. This bill establishes a pilot program focusing on improving reading skills in grades kindergarten through three.

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