From: Lindsey Knudsen
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Make funding SB 117 a priority
Date: Mon Apr 06 21:27:42 MDT 2015

Dear Utah State Representative – District 002 Lifferth,

Education is a key driver of Utah’s economic opportunity and future prosperity. One of the key principles within Prosperity through Education, a 5-year plan to place Utah in the top 10 among states in education is helping children read confidently by 3rd grade. I urge you to prioritize funding SB 117 Interventions for Reading Difficulties Pilot Program this session to ensure positive educational outcomes for young children. Reading is fundamental to a child’s academic success. SB 117 provides teachers with the training to be able to recognize and help children with reading difficulties (like dyslexia).

As a former teacher, I believe that ALL educators should be made aware of how to recognize and support students with reading difficulties (like dyslexia). Specific programs are out there to help these one in five students that need it. I know that struggling students are pulled out for reading help, but the right training and programs need to be used. With all my experience teaching third grade and doing private tutoring, I know what could help these kids; As a teacher, I had such a hard time reading those “at risk” or “below benchmark” students, and as I have done more research, I realize why. Teachers really do care, but they are not given the right tools and information needed to help these kids. We need this for our future generations of readers! I know that with the proper programs and teacher training, we could make a huge difference in our literacy rate and in the lives of these children. They can be helped!

The economic benefits of early childhood education outweigh the costs of providing these educational opportunities indicating a wise financial investment. Evidence has shown us college and career readiness begins with the ability to read fluently. I ask that you please help ensure reading success in the early years by supporting the funding of SB 117.

Sincerely, Lindsey Knudsen 559 Old English Road Draper, UT 84020