From: Argie Hoskins Shumway
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Make funding SB 117 a priority
Date: Mon Apr 06 21:22:58 MDT 2015

Dear State Representative Sanpei,

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).

Dear To whomever it may concern: I am a retired school teacher from Alpine School District. And also taught in Hawaii. I had a very difficult time reading because of that challenge, I became a successful special education in the area of reading, writing, math and language skills. I feel that funding a pilot program is a step in awareness and success. Please carefully consider the desire for such a program. Make funding SB 117 a priority. Thanks, Argie Hoskins Shumway Provo, 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, Argie Hoskins Shumway 589 East Center Street Provo, UT 84606