From: Chelsea jolley
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Make funding SB 117 a priority
Date: Mon Apr 06 21:15:27 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 have a boy that has struggled reading his whole life. He's works so hard in school,but when he sees his low test scores he feels so bad and doesn't want to go to school. I'm worried as we're heading to high school and important exams. Will it really test what he knows or just how fast he can read. But he can't even get a form that states his dyslexic problems and get any help because it's not recognized as learning disability by utah.

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, Chelsea jolley mom 291 w 300 s orem, UT 84058