Senator Bob Deuell

February 25, 2011
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Deuell files dyslexia education bills

AUSTIN — State Senator Bob Deuell, R - Greenville, filed legislation this week that would improve dyslexia education programs and increase early detection of the learning disorder.

Senate Bills 866 and 867 establish common statewide guidelines for teaching students with dyslexia, and require that all bachelor of education degree programs include instruction on dyslexia detection and education.

"Texas has always lead the country in removing barriers for students with learning disorders but too many still fall through the cracks," said Deuell. "These bills fill those cracks so every child has the opportunity to excel."

As chairman of the Interim Dyslexia and Related Disorders Committee, Sen. Deuell listened to experts in various fields of dyslexia treatment testify on the importance of early detection and the need to improve the treatment of students with dyslexia.

Many of the committee's recommendations are in these bills, including testing of students for dyslexia, additional training for teachers on how to recognize learning disorders, and the requirement that schools report how many of their students have dyslexia.

"As we learn more about dyslexia, it's clear that we have to be more aggressive when approaching learning disorders," said Deuell.