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S.B. 104 Enrolled

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IMPROVEMENT OF READING INSTRUCTION

             2     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Aaron Osmond

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House Sponsor: Ronda Rudd Menlove

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill provides for assistance to educators and parents in teaching reading.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires the reading clinic to provide:
             13              .    instruction to teachers in the use of technology and blended learning in
             14      providing individualized reading instruction and reading remediation; and
             15              .    access to students for reading remediation and instruction services through
             16      distance learning technology.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          This bill appropriates in fiscal year 2015 as an ongoing appropriation:
             19          .    to University of Utah - Education and General:
             20              .    from the Education Fund, $100,000.
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2014.
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25           53A-3-402.10 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2001, Chapters 86 and 156
             26     
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             28          Section 1. Section 53A-3-402.10 is amended to read:
             29           53A-3-402.10. Reading clinics -- Purpose.


             30          (1) The Legislature recognizes the critical importance of identifying, assessing, and
             31      assisting students with reading difficulties at an early age in order for them to have successful
             32      and productive school and life experiences.
             33          (2) In order to help accomplish this, there is established a reading clinic, hereafter
             34      referred to as the "clinic," based at the University of Utah, College of Education, to assist
             35      educators and parents of students statewide in:
             36          (a) assessing elementary school students who do not demonstrate satisfactory progress
             37      in reading;
             38          (b) providing instructional intervention to enable the students to overcome reading
             39      difficulties; and
             40          (c) becoming better prepared to help all students become successful readers by
             41      providing them with professional development programs in reading that are based on best
             42      practices and the most current, scientific research available through nationally and
             43      internationally recognized reading researchers and instructional specialists.
             44          (3) (a) The clinic shall focus primarily on students in grades [one] 1 through [three] 3
             45      since research shows the need for students to become successful readers by the end of [the
             46      third] grade 3.
             47          (b) The clinic shall make assessment and instructional intervention services available
             48      to public education students of all ages.
             49          (4) The clinic shall provide these services [on-site] at [the University of Utah] a base
             50      site in Salt Lake County and through remote access interactive technology to reach educators,
             51      parents, and students throughout the state.
             52          (5) The clinic shall provide:
             53          (a) instruction to teachers in the use of technology and blended learning in providing
             54      individualized reading instruction and reading remediation; and
             55          (b) access to students for reading remediation and instruction services through distance
             56      learning technology if a student is unable to regularly access a reading clinic location.
             57          (6) The clinic shall integrate both the usage of and instruction on the use of


             58      technology-based reading assessment tools as part of the clinic's services.
             59          Section 2. Appropriation.
             60          Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, for
             61      the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015, the following sums of money
             62      are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or reduced from amounts
             63      previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated. These sums of money are in
             64      addition to any amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2015.
             65          To University of Utah - Education and General
             66          From Education Fund    
$100,000

             67              Schedule of Programs:
             68               University of Utah Education and
             69               General - Reading Clinic            $100,000
             70          Section 3. Effective date.
             71          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2014.


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