Both bills now head to the Governor’s desk to be signed
I am thrilled to share some great news! Legislation I was proud to sponsor calling for the state to screen students in kindergarten through second grade for characteristics of dyslexia passed through the General Assembly on May 8, 2018, and now it is headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature.
The bill, once signed into law, will require the state Department of Education to provide a universal screening tool that local school districts can use to screen K-2 students in kindergarten and determine if they have characteristics of dyslexia. With the governor’s signature, it will be effective for the 2019-2020 academic school year.
In addition to allowing for parents to request screening for their student, the bill empowers school districts to bring together school-based problem solving teams to analyze the data that comes from the screening and then come up with ways to help teachers plan effective teaching methods for students who may need it.
This is a huge milestone for the children of our state! Thanks to all those who advocated for this important legislation.
Two years ago, I was proud to sponsor and pass into law H. 5024, which represented important legislation requiring all literacy coaches and literacy teachers in K-3 be trained on dyslexia and related disorders, including evidenced-based screenings, instructional methods, interventions, and more.
It has been my distinct honor to advocate for legislation that continues the process of addressing dyslexia. We know if the characteristics of dyslexia are identified early on, teachers are better able to determine exactly how to teach and meet the needs of children who may be struggling.
More great news: S. 345 (the companion to my H. 3772 advanced practice registered nurse bill) passed today, as well, which is great news for our medical professionals in S.C.!
This bill expands authority and responsibilities of APRNs and will be a great benefit to South Carolinians seeking medical care, particularly in underserved areas of our state. I was proud to work with Sen. Tom Davis on the passage of this bill.