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Senate committee hears testimony on dyslexia support bills

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)— A bill package to aid Michigan students with dyslexia received mostly positive feedback during a committee hearing Tuesday.

The bills aim to catch dyslexia in students early while providing them support they need to not fall behind in reading.

Democratic state Senator Jeff Irwin told the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee the bills piggy-back on existing standards and reading assessments.

“Then we also focus on the training and professional development required to give our educators the tools to be able to use these assessments… identify these characteristics and employ these interventions.”

The package would also create a committee under the Department of Education to oversee the process.

It would involve the general education system and not special education.