LD 231
Session - 127th Maine Legislature
C "A", Filing Number H-279, Sponsored by
LR 159
Item 2
Bill Tracking, Additional Documents Chamber Status

Amend the bill by striking out everything after the enacting clause and before the summary and inserting the following:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §4710-B  is enacted to read:

§ 4710-B Dyslexia screening

1 Definitions.   As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
A "Alphabet knowledge" means the ability to name, distinguish shapes of, write and identify the sounds of the letters of the alphabet.
B "Decoding" means the ability to apply knowledge of letter-sound relationships.
C "Dyslexia" means a condition 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 in relation to the provision of effective classroom instruction; the secondary consequences of dyslexia may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
D "Encoding" means the ability to put ideas into messages to be delivered to and understood by other people.
E "Phonological and phonemic awareness" means awareness of the phonological structure of words.
F "Rapid naming" means the ability to connect visual and verbal information by giving appropriate names to common objects, colors, letters and digits.
G "Sound-symbol recognition" means the ability to understand the relationship between symbols or combinations of symbols and the sounds they make.
2 Dyslexia screening.   Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, a school administrative unit shall screen for dyslexia students from kindergarten to grade 2 who have difficulty, as identified by a classroom teacher, in an area described in paragraphs A to F. The screening of a student must include an examination of the student's:
A Phonological and phonemic awareness;
B Sound-symbol recognition;
C Alphabet knowledge;
D Decoding skills;
E Rapid naming skills; and
F Encoding skills.
3 Dyslexia coordinator.   There is created within the department the position of dyslexia coordinator to assist the department in complying with the provisions of this section and the general education interventions required in the department's special education rules as they pertain to students struggling with reading or showing early indicators of reading difficulty. The dyslexia coordinator must have a background in reading and language difficulties, including dyslexia, and in language and literacy. The dyslexia coordinator shall develop before March 1, 2016 and update annually thereafter a plan that:
A Implements dyslexia awareness training for teachers;
B Implements professional development in evidence-based screening practices; and
C Identifies needs of school administrative units for implementing evidence-based practices and response to scientific, research-based intervention strategies for reading and language-based learning difficulties.

Sec. 2. Appointment of dyslexia coordinator. The Commissioner of Education shall hire a dyslexia coordinator pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 4710-B by October 1, 2015.

Sec. 3. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.


Special Services Team Z080

Initiative: Provides funds for one Education Specialist III position to serve as a dyslexia coordinator within the Department of Education.

GENERAL FUND 2015-16 2016-17
1.000 1.000
Personal Services
$63,038 $90,628
All Other
$9,966 $11,165
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GENERAL FUND TOTAL $73,004 $101,793


This amendment replaces the bill. It defines "dyslexia" and requires school administrative units to screen for dyslexia only those students from kindergarten to grade 2 who have certain difficulties, as noted by a classroom teacher, beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. It also requires the Department of Education to hire a dyslexia coordinator by October 1, 2015 and describes the dyslexia coordinator's duties. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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