From: Nick Nikols
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Make funding SB 117 a priority
Date: Mon Apr 06 21:24:22 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).

My son has worked twice as hard to find success in the despite the best efforts of the school system to warehouse him in Special Education Classrooms with teachers who are not specifically trained to offer instruction in Special Education. We had to spend thousands out of pocket for private tutoring in order to get that instruction. Our gifted and Dyslexic son was able to graduate with an advanced diploma through grit and self advocacy. Please help other Utah students to be able to avoid his battle with the school system and save our taxpayer money on k-12 special education funding which is useless if it's not used for specific remediative measures.

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, Nick Nikols 1969 14051 Pine Mesa Drive Draper, UT 84020