From: Phoebe Beacham
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Make funding SB 117 a priority
Date: Mon Apr 06 20:46:25 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).

This bill needs to be a priority. We have failed generations of struggling readers and things need to change. Our kids can't wait. My husband and children are dyslexic. My husband graduated from the Utah Public School System reading on a 4th grade reading level. I have spent thousands of dollars learning how to teach my own children to read because our schools do not have correct intervention. We don't have a knowledge gap, we have an action gap.

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, Phoebe Beacham Decoding Dyslexia Utah 129 W 400 S Tooele, UT 84074