From: Kristin Davis
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Make funding SB 117 a priority
Date: Mon Apr 06 20:46:52 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 is dyslexic. In the middle of his first grade year, I noticed he was having a very hard time learning to read. I asked his teacher for help. I mentioned that I thought he was dyslexic. For some reason in our schools there is no help or direction for kids with dyslexia. My son is now in 3rd grade. He's been in RTI and resource for reading. Neither of those interventions have helped. He's currently reading at a 1st grade level. I am now planning on pulling him out of public school and will be homeschooling him the last semester of this year and probably next year, too. I've waited for 2 years for someone to be able to help him. I can't afford to wait any longer. I have spent money to take a course so I can tutor him at home. For my kids who aren't dyslexic, the public schools have been great. As for my dyslexic son, it's a very different story. If there had been reading programs that address learning disabilities like dyslexia already in place at the schools, we'd be in a much better situation than we are now. I just hope you can support this bill so others don't have to experience the frustration we have gone through. Please consider supporting and fully funding SB 117!

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, Kristin Davis 8708 S 3780 W West Jordan, UT 84088