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Bill Requiring Schools to Screen for Dyslexia Makes Headway

Amendments address concerns about costs and scope of testing for reading-related disorders

by John Mooney, NJSpotlight.com 

Once considered a long shot for passage, a bill that would require screening of young children for dyslexia and other reading-related disorders seems to be gathering momentum in the Legislature.

The bill was part of a package of a half-dozen proposals spearheaded by a group of parents seeking to raise awareness of dyslexia and to make schools do more to address the disorder.

Most of those proposals ultimately passed the Legislature and were signed by Gov. Chris Christie, including bills requiring training of teachers and specific identification of dyslexia in regulations and law.

But the capstone of the legislative package -- the screening bill -- was separated from the others and was always seen as the toughest one to pass, since it demanded the most of schools and would likely come with significant costs.

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