Missouri public school students to get dyslexia screenings

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By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill that requires every student in Missouri public schools to be screened for dyslexia.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Nixon signed the bill last week. Screenings for the learning disorder are to start in the 2018-19 school year. The screenings are meant to be informal and brief.

The bill also says teachers must receive two hours of training on methods to address dyslexia. A 20-member task force will recommend how classroom accommodations should be delivered.

Kim Stuckey, a dyslexia specialist for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, says that school officials are going to create better awareness about dyslexia.

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