November 13, 2011
A piece of legislation sponsored by State Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) intended to improve early dyslexia screening in public schools cleared the Ohio house Tuesday.
House Bill 96, jointly-sponsored by State Rep. Ted Celeste (D-Upper Arlington), was approved by a 93-1 vote. The legislation will establish a pilot program for three school districts — one urban, one suburban, and one rural — which will voluntarily enroll in the project. The schools would partner with local libraries to provide early screening and intervention options for students.
The bill also adds dyslexia to the state’s official definition of learning disabilities.
The initial pilot program will be paid for through existing school funding, according to Brenner.
“Dyslexia is a very unique because those with it are hard to identify at a young age,” Brenner said in a press release. “However, for the child, the school and our community, there are enormous costs associated with not identifying dyslexia early. This project furthers the mission of our schools to provide each individual child the education they need and implements an extraordinary cost-preventive measure.”
During the previous General Assembly, this measure was sponsored by Republican Speaker of the House Bill Batchelder in an effort to more effectively educate children with dyslexia and raise awareness about the disorder.
The bill will now go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.