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Release Date: 02/22/2012
Contact: Senator John Unger II at (304) 357-7933

Majority Leader John R. Unger II


Charleston, WV- Two pilot programs aimed at recognizing and adapting to children with dyslexia would be established by a bill introduced today in the West Virginia Senate.

Senate Bill 662, introduced by Senate Majority Leader John Unger II (D-Berkeley), would create a pilot project to incorporate processes in three school districts to screen children aged six and younger for indications of dyslexia. With parental consent, students found to have risk factors for dyslexia would be enrolled in a reading intervention program.

The second pilot project would involve collaboration between at least one institute of higher education and three school districts. Each participating institution would develop a program to educate kindergarten through fourth grade teachers in the three participating districts on recognizing and accommodating students with dyslexia. As part of the project, teaching candidates at each institution would also complete the dyslexia program.

In order to participate in the screening and intervention pilot project, school districts would need to include a proposal outlining methods for screening and enrolling children in the program. The bill authorizes the West Virginia Superintendent of Schools to choose the participating school districts.

Senators Evan Jenkins (D - Cabell) and Ron Stollings (D - Boone) co-sponsored the bill, which was referred to the Committee on Education.

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