From: Cheryl Calkins
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Make funding SB 117 a priority
Date: Mon Apr 06 21:17:09 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 rarely write to request funding – I know money is difficult to come by, however, given the apparent magnitude of this problem, I feel compelled to do so. Beyond the issue of academics, I know many with this disorder suffer psychologically for years.

If the Pilot Program is well constructed, it will be a success. You will be asked to then fund it for the future. I believe it's worth the long-term commitment.

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, Cheryl Calkins 2796 E 3600 N Layton, UT 84040