SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 66
(By Senators Unger, Stollings, Jenkins and Beach)
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the need, benefits and costs of a dyslexia screening and intervention pilot project and a dyslexia teacher training pilot program.
Whereas, Dyslexia is defined as a specific learning disorder that is neurological in origin, characterized by unexpected difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities not consistent with the intelligence, motivation and sensory capabilities of the person, which difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language; and
Whereas, Dyslexia affects fifteen to twenty percent of Americans; and
Whereas, Dyslexia is categorized as a specific learning disability by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the West Virginia Department of Education’s Policy 2419; and
Whereas, Students with dyslexia are capable of learning successfully when their needs are appropriately addressed; and
Whereas, In order to ensure that students with dyslexia achieve academic success to their highest potential, it is critical that they receive services and instruction that are appropriate to their learning needs; and
Whereas, Students in West Virginia with dyslexia cannot receive adequate services if they are not diagnosed or their teachers are unaware of how to make appropriate accommodations or unwilling to do so; and
Whereas, When students with dyslexia are not diagnosed or treated, they have a high risk of academic hardship, which can have long-term emotional, social and behavioral consequences; and
Whereas, Early detection of dyslexia and the treatment thereof through education is crucial to the success of students with dyslexia; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the need, benefits and costs of a dyslexia screening and intervention pilot project and a dyslexia teacher training pilot program; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2013, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.