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
practice to support students with dyslexia, which will help all
who struggle to read.