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March 22, 2006



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District 60 is doing well, but parents in Durango say their kids are being hung out to dry.

Durango Herald article from March 4 2006.

Dyslexia learning disability under bill
School districts' responsibilities would increase

By Joe Hanel

DENVER - School districts would have to treat dyslexia as a learning disability under legislation backed by Rep. Mark Larson, R-Cortez.

Larson won adoption of an amendment to the Exceptional Children's Educational Act in a House committee Thursday. The amendment includes dyslexia in its detailed definition of learning disabilities, which would increase the responsibilities school districts have for dyslexic students.

Durango parents have complained about tutoring for their dyslexic children.

Mark Larsen wrote in the Cortez Journal Online (in the summer of 2005)

One issue that I have been working on for over four years now is bringing Colorado into the future and realizing that dyslexia is a learning disability that needs to be treated differently than we currently are. Federal definitions include dyslexia as a learning disorder that requires specific scientifically proven teaching methods. Unfortunately Colorado has chosen to treat children with this disability as "slow learners"(when indeed the vast majority are bright and capable students) and classify them in the "perceptual communicative disorders" (PCD) group instead of specifically referencing dyslexia as a separate disability and requiring instruction known to effectively help these kids. I have performed every level of "due diligence" I know to perform over the past four years and have attempted to work through every level of the education bureaucracy. I am hopeful that the bill I am already drafting to require, once and for all, scientifically based and nationally recognized teaching methods for dyslexic children won't be necessary and that the Colorado State Board of Education finally adopts the appropriate rule making. But if they don't, I will have a bill ready to introduce. It is estimated that 15 to 20 percent of Colorado students suffer from dyslexia or other related reading and writing disorders.

It is no wonder that parents get so frustrated, when treatment of students varies so widely by district.

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