Tuesday, October 27, 2015

House Passes the READ Act

The House of Representatives passed a bill Monday that would require the National Science Foundation to spend at least $5 million annually on dyslexia research. The bill, called the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia (READ) Act, is sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas). It passed out of the House on a voice vote. There currently is no Senate companion.

COPAA supports the READ Act. Teaching students to read is without a doubt critically important for all students.  Reading enables lifelong learning and participation. Yet school districts often fail, and even refuse, to teach many students decoding, comprehension, or both.  The READ act is intended to addresses these problems by focusing research and dissemination efforts on 
best practice to support students with dyslexia, which will help all
 students who struggle to read.

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