From: Lisa Vawdrey
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Make funding SB 117 a priority
Date: Mon Apr 06 21:20:42 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).

I work in the classrooms as a substitute teacher. I see this all the time, these kids need the extra funding for the program. The training will allow the teachers to spot specific reading difficulties and then correct them with training and will be invaluable to the lives of these students and the citizens of our country. Just to think that a student that couldn't read well would stop trying or achieving to better themselves and the world would be a sad reality.

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, Lisa Vawdrey 296 E. 1900 S. Kaysville, UT 84037