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New law requires state, school districts to allocate more funding for learning disability services

Posted at 6:42 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 19:42:34-04

A new law will require the state and school districts to allocate more funding for learning disability services.

House Bill 3, which was signed into law this year by Governor Greg Abbott, requires school districts and the Lone Star State to allocate more funds toward students with dyslexia or related learning disabilities.

Out of about 8,200 students in the Copperas Cove Independent School District, 516 qualify for dyslexia services. CCISD students first undergo dyslexia screening in kindergarten.

The district says the new funding will allow them to enhance their dyslexia program.

"The upgrade is going to allow us to offer a multi-sensory approach for students, which means they'll be able to manipulate and move around letter tiles to build words," said Lauren Hammett, Director of Special Programs for CCISD.

"They'll also be writing. They'll also be reading, so they'll be listening to reading. They'll be listening to themselves reading, and it's in a small group setting which is great for kids," continued Hammett.

The law applies to students covered under federal disability law who are being educated through a state-approved dyslexia program.

House Bill 3 will go into effect Sept. 1.