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Dyslexia guidebook bill signed into law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A bill sponsored by a local lawmaker was signed into law Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Keith Sommer, requires the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to create and post to its website a handbook providing guidance on the subject of dyslexia.

"Making this information easily available to school personnel, students and their families will help dyslexic students to achieve their full potential," Sommer says. "The legislation only requires the handbook to be posted on the ISBE website, not to be printed, which will make the information widely available, while keeping costs to taxpayers to a minimum."

House Bill 4369 requires ISBE to put together a handbook which includes guidelines on identifying signs of dyslexia, a description of proven strategies for educators to use to improve academic performance among students with dyslexia and information about available resources to assist students, their families and their teachers. The bill, also sponsored by Sen. Chuck Weaver, passed both the House and Senate unanimously this spring.

"All the credit for this bill becoming law should be given to the parents, tutors and advocates for the many dyslexic students in Central Illinois," Sommer says. "I urge ISBE to include them when asking for input as to what helpful information should be in the handbook."

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