Dyslexia bill, Arizona schools await Gov. Ducey’s signature

| April 26, 2017

PHOENIX — Arizona is on the verge of requiring schools to do more to identify students with dyslexia and giving them the guidelines for how to deal with them.

The Senate on Monday gave final unanimous approval to legislation allowing the state Board of Education to create a handbook for for schools. That already appears to be accomplished, with Rep. Jill Norgaard, R-Phoenix, telling board members earlier in the day one has been prepared and is ready for adoption. But the potentially more significant part of HB2202, which now goes to the governor is redefining dyslexia in a way Norgaard said more accurately reflects the condition. She said that by itself should help students get identified earlier and get them the help they need before they fall behind.

Norgaard said Arizona will be the 15th state in the nation to create such a handbook.

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