From: ELissa Aten
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Make funding SB117 a priority
Date: Mon Apr 06 21:23:24 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 SB117 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. SB117 provides teachers with the training to be able to recognize and help children with reading difficulties (like dyslexia).

The majority of our struggling readers are dyslexic, whether or not ever formally diagnosed. This means that they will struggle with phonics and phonemic awareness. The methods used to teach dyslexic students are evidence-based and should be provided. SB 117 is a start! Please support this bill and fully-fund it!

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 SB117.

Sincerely, ELissa Aten 1109 Foxcrest Dr. Park City, UT 84098