HARTFORD, CT - State Representative Michael L. Molgano (R-144) celebrated the passage of a bill that would provide teachers with the resources needed to craft individualized education plans for students with dyslexia. The bill, an Act Concerning Special Education (HB 5562), would include dyslexia on the individualized education program form and will require boards of education to inform parents and guardians of their right to withhold enrolling their child in kindergarten.
Rep. Molgano was a strong advocate for the bill while it was in Education committee and co-sponsored the bill. The bill also requires that local or regional boards of education inform the parent or guardian of a child with dyslexia the laws relating to special education and any relevant information and resources relating individualized education programs created by the Department of Education.
“After hearing so many stories of struggle and despair in the public hearing, I cannot emphasize enough how crucial funding would be for these students. Many families spoke of the astronomical costs they paid just to get their child the specialized, individual attention their child needed to learn and succeed. Students spoke of the lack of resources available for their disabilities and their personal struggles with getting through their school system,” said Rep. Molgano (R-144).
Originally, this bill included a three tier funding scheme for excess cost payments that was introduced by Governor Malloy. However, it has since been removed because it would cost many municipalities, including Stamford, too much money.
“I join in the dyslexia movement’s goal of ensuring Connecticut’s educators possess a basic understanding of dyslexia, knowing the characteristics or symptoms it displays. Too many of Connecticut’s children have gone too long undiagnosed and traumatized by what has been an unrecognized and misunderstood physiological reality, and this cannot and will not continue in Connecticut,” said Rep. Molgano (R-144).
The bill passed the House unanimously and now awaits passage from the Senate and Governor before it can become law.