From: Jennise White
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Make funding SB 117 a priority
Date: Mon Apr 06 21:04:39 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).

My son has a learning processing disorder, and he is not the only one. This state is in desperate need of funding so that children, like my son, may be able to receive the programs that they need to build the basic fundamentals of reading. These programs will help them be able to be successful later in life. Education is all about the children, and this funding with help those children who have difficulties learning. Please help make that possible for those children who need it. Thank you!!

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, Jennise White 263 E. Calais Lane Stansbury Park, UT 84074