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Missouri public school students to get dyslexia screenings

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Missouri public school students to get dyslexia screenings

The bill also says teachers must receive two hours of training on methods to address dyslexia

Missouri public school students to get dyslexia screenings

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (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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