Early literacy bill defines dyslexia for 1st time


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For the first time, dyslexia has been officially defined in state law in an attempt to improve literacy among young students across Iowa.

Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill into law Wednesday that effectively establishes a definition for the reading disability in Iowa code and offers professional support for teachers so they can better develop student literacy.

The law defines dyslexia as "a specific and significant impairment in the development of reading." It also seeks to better equip teachers with the skills and strategies to improve student literacy and screen for problems.

Supporters of the new law say it's a positive step forward in addressing dyslexia, but lawmakers may need to revisit the issue as parents and educators implement programs and determine how best to help children.

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