Friday, May 25th, 2012
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, himself dyslexic, signed a bill that requires his state to test kindergarteners or 1st-graders for dyslexia.
If a child is found to have dyslexia and their school doesn’t have educational programs designed specifically for dyslexia, the bill also enables the child’s family to be able to switch them to a public or private school that does (with scholarship if needed).
The matter is intensely personal for Bryant. He was in fourth grade before a caring teacher discovered that dyslexia was the reason he saw scrambled words and had trouble putting the right sounds with letters that appeared in print.