Bill to help identify dyslexic students in IL passes

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Legislation approved by the Illinois General Assembly could soon help parents and teachers identify children with dyslexia.

House Bill 4369, which was filed by state Rep. Keith Sommer (R-Morton), requires the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to develop materials that will be published as a dyslexia guidance handbook.

The book will include guidelines for teachers, parents and guardians on how to identify the various signs of dyslexia, along with proven educational strategies to help improve the students’ academic performance.

“We need to give all students every chance to succeed,” says state Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) who sponsored the bill in the Senate. “This legislation will give parents and educators tools to identify and help students with dyslexia.”

The bill is now headed to the governor for his signature.

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