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Parents of Kids with Dyslexia Taking Fight to Capitol

Many say there are not enough resources in Arkansas schools, and children are being left behind.
A group of parents is taking the fight for their dyslexic children to the capitol.

Many say there are not enough resources in Arkansas schools, and children are being left behind.

Senate Bill 33, if passed, would mean students would have a chance to get screened for dyslexia between kindergarten and the second grade.

As many parents know first hand, early detection can make all the difference in a child's education.

On Friday night a group of passionate parents met to share how much dyslexia has impacted their families.

Their children showed signs like delayed speech, and some had trouble tying their shoes or learning how to read before they were identified as dyslexic.

Many found their school's teachers didn't know much about the learning disability, let alone how to help remediate their children.

Some say their kids have even spent years in special education classes when they just needed a different teaching approach.

These parents are hoping the bill will help all families detect and remediate earlier.

"It shouldn't be because you're rich enough or good-looking enough or say the right thing and are articulate, it should be a free and appropriate free education for every child," says parent Kim Head.

Senate Bill 33 is waiting to be introduced to a Senate Education Committee.

If passed, it would mandate professional development for educators and more training for education students.

After the bill failed in 2011, parents are trying to raise as much awareness as possible so that doesn't happen again.
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