From: Jenny Snedaker
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Make funding SB 117 a priority
Date: Mon Apr 06 21:07:49 MDT 2015

Dear State Representative 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).

Please fully fund SB117. As a teacher, I know just how critical this funding is needed and how vital it can be to educate teachers in using best practices specific for teaching struggling readers (dyslexics) how to read. Professional development and early intervention is the name of the game for saving these kids undue stress and for relieving the burden of already overworked teachers. Fully funding this bill will help save money on the back end of overloading sparce Special Ed services.

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, Jenny Snedaker Decoding Dyslexia Utah 2751 W. Current Creek Dr. South Jordan, UT 84095