Maine LD 231: An Act To Ensure That Schoolchildren with Dyslexia Receive the Assistance Needed

LD 231 (subjects: SPECIAL EDUCATION , IDENTIFICATION )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=231&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Terry Morrison of South Portland: (D – District 31) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

8 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/3/2015 House Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/3/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Langley of Hancock, REFERRED to the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, in concurrence.
6/5/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
Under suspension of the rules
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-279)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/8/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED, in concurrence.

READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (H-279) READ and ADOPTED, in concurrence.

Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-279), in concurrence.

Ordered sent down forthwith.
6/9/2015 House On motion of Representative GIDEON of Freeport, TABLED pending PASSAGE TO BE ENACTED.
Later today assigned. (Roll Call Ordered)

6/9/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/10/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
Subsequently, PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 204
(Yeas 144 – Nays 2 – Absent 5 – Excused 0)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/10/2015 Senate On motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford PLACED ON THE SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS TABLE pending ENACTMENT , in concurrence.
6/30/2015 House The House RECEDED and CONCURRED to PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-279) as Amended by Senate Amendment “A” (S-327) thereto
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/30/2015 Senate On Motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford taken from the SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS TABLE.
On motion by Same Senator Under suspension of the Rules RECONSIDERED PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-279) , in concurrence.
On motion by Same Senator Under further suspension of the Rules RECONSIDERED whereby Committee Amendment “A” (H-279) was ADOPTED
On motion by Same Senator Senate Amendment “A” (S-327) to Committee Amendment “A” (H-279) READ and ADOPTED
Committee Amendment “A” (H-279) As Amended By Senate Amendment “A” (S-327) thereto ADOPTED , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-279) AS AMENDED BY Senate Amendment “A” (S-327) thereto , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/30/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/30/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED – 2/3 Elected Required, in concurrence.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 231 as originally introduced. L.D. 231 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-279) .

An Act To Ensure That Schoolchildren with Dyslexia Receive the Assistance Needed

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 7001, sub- 1-D is enacted to read:

1-D. Dyslexia. “Dyslexia” means a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin and characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities that typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and to the provision of effective classroom instruction and the secondary consequences of which may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA 7202-A is enacted to read:

7202-A. Dyslexia screening

A school administrative unit shall annually screen students from kindergarten to grade 2 for dyslexia, except that, for the 2016-2017 school year, the school administrative unit shall screen students from kindergarten to grade 3 for dyslexia. The students screened must include students who have not previously been screened and have transferred from outside the State. A school administrative unit shall screen students in grades 3 to 12 who have difficulty, as noted by a classroom teacher, in an area described in subsections 1 to 6. The screening of a student must include an evaluation of the student’s:

1. Phonological and phonemic awareness. Phonological and phonemic awareness;
2. Sound-symbol recognition. Sound-symbol recognition;
3. Alphabet knowledge. Alphabet knowledge;
4. Decoding skills. Decoding skills;
5. Rapid naming skills. Rapid naming skills; and
6. Encoding skills. Encoding skills.

Sec. 3. 20-A MRSA 7211 is enacted to read:

7211. Dyslexia consultant

There is created within the department the position of dyslexia consultant to assist the department in complying with the provisions of this chapter and chapters 301 and 305 as they pertain to students with dyslexia. The dyslexia consultant must be a professional highly trained in dyslexia with a minimum of 3 years of field experience in screening, identifying and treating dyslexia. The dyslexia consultant shall serve as the primary source of information and support for school administrative units addressing the needs of students with dyslexia and shall provide school administrative units dyslexia professional awareness training including training on the indicators of dyslexia and the science behind teaching a student with dyslexia. The dyslexia professional awareness training must include courses specifically designed to prepare educators to provide structured language intervention techniques and strategies needed for students with dyslexia, including the following specialized skills: phonology and decoding skills, handwriting, composition, reading fluency and comprehension, writing mechanics and spelling and learning strategies and study skills. Dyslexia professional awareness training may be provided online, at a venue provided by a school administrative unit or at another venue approved by the department and may also be provided through published programs that meet the criteria outlined in this section and that have been selected by the dyslexia consultant.

Sec. 4. Appointment of dyslexia consultant. The Commissioner of Education shall appoint a dyslexia consultant pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 7211 by July 1, 2016.

summary

This bill defines dyslexia as a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It requires school administrative units to conduct screenings of students from kindergarten to grade 2 for dyslexia, except that, for the 2016-2017 school year, school administrative units must screen students from kindergarten to grade 3. It requires school administrative units to screen certain transfer and older students. It also creates the position of dyslexia consultant within the Department of Education and provides for the dyslexia consultant to provide school administrative units with dyslexia professional awareness training.

Patterns of Support

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This information about LD 231 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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