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DC Dyslexia Legislation

On February 19, 2019, the DC Council introduced B23-0150, the Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Screening and Prevention Pilot Program Act of 2019.  Councilmembers Todd, Allen, Evans, Nadeau, and Bonds sponsored the bill along with cosponsors Cheh and T. White. This bill, B23-0150, is the reintroduction of B22-0079 which was introduced in January 2017 but went nowhere. We cannot keep "kicking the illiteracy can" down the road any longer. Lives and prospective livelihoods are literally at stake. 

 

As introduced, B23-0150 requires the Office of the Superintendent of Special Education (OSSE) to establish a dyslexia screening, treatment, and prevention pilot program to begin at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The pilot program would include annual universal dyslexia screening for students in pre-k through third grade; progress monitoring of students identified with characteristics of dyslexia or related disorders;  implementation of remediation and intervention strategies; and training and professional development for teachers. OSSE would be required to submit reports to the Mayor and the Council regarding the success of the program and whether the program should be implemented throughout the District.

 

Track the B23-0150 here:
Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Screening and Prevention Pilot Program Act of 2019 

 

Read the four-page bill here:

http://lims.dccouncil.us/Download/41898/B23-0150-Introduction.pdf

 

Decoding Dyslexia-DC is advocating for the following policy goals:

 

• A universal definition and description of “dyslexia” in the District's education code
• Mandatory teacher training on dyslexia, its warning signs, and appropriate intervention strategies
• Mandatory, universal early screening for risk factors 
• Mandatory dyslexia remediation programs, which can be accessed by both general and special education populations
• Access to appropriate “assistive technologies” in District schools for students with dyslexia and reading difficulties

 

DC Council

Phil Mendelson

DC Council Chairman

Kenyan McDuffie

Ward 5 Councilmember         Chair Pro Tempore

Anita Bonds

At-Large Councilmember Committee on Education

David Grosso

At-Large Councilmember     Chair, Committee on Education

Elissa Silverman

At-Large Councilmember

Robert White

At-Large Councilmember    Committee on Education

Brianne Nadeau

Ward 1 Councilmember

Jack Evans

Ward 2 Councilmember

Mary Cheh

Ward 3 Councilmember

Brandon Todd

Ward 4 Councilmember

Charles Allen

Ward 6 Councimember   Committee on Education

Vincent Gray

Ward 7 Councilmember

Trayon White

 Ward 8 Councilmember  Committee on Education