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****LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT****

2 Bills Pending in Annapolis that
Will Help Students with Dyslexia
& Reading Difficulties


Please call, email and/or write your Delegate in Annapolis to support both bills.  Hearings are scheduled for March 7 for HB 1486 and March 10th for HB 1264 before the House Ways & Means Committee. Bills are listed below in order of hearing date and are EQUALLY important.

The Membership of the House Ways & Means Committee is listed below -- if your Delegate is a member click the highlighted link and follow the instructions provided for each bill.  

If your Delegate is not a member of the Ways & Means Committee, follow the instructions below to contact your Delegate by phone, email and/or mail.


If you would like to testify, please click the button below.

We need you to attend the hearings -- click the button below for more information.  If you attend, please wear red to show visual support for the legislation.

If you Take Action, please let us know how it went by clicking the button below.

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House Bill 1486 Summary
 

HB 1486, Teacher & Teacher Preparation Programs:  Requiring the Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board, on or before January 1, 2019, to require a candidate for a certificate to teach specified students to pass a test of research-based reading instruction; requiring the Board and the State Board of Education jointly to set the passing score for the test, subject to a specified condition; requiring the Board and the State Board jointly to set standards for the delivery of reading instruction by teacher preparation programs in the State; etc.  (Amendments are proposed to change some of the referents in the language to reflect evidence based vs research based.)
 

This bill would improve reading instruction in the state of Maryland by requiring:
 

  1. A test of teacher knowledge on reading instruction for certification of Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade teachers, Reading Teachers, Reading Specialists, Teachers of students with Limited English Proficiency and Special Education Teachers; and 
     
  2. Coursework in foundational reading elements and principles during undergraduate teacher preparation in Maryland Universities
This bill would help provide Maryland teachers with more effective preparation to teach all students to read, write and spell.  School districts cannot sustain the costs of professional learning in foundational reading  particularly when this knowledge should have been provided in undergraduate university coursework.

HEARING DATE: Wednesday, March 7 at 1:00pm.
House Bill 1486

ACTION STEPS

HEARING DATE: Wednesday, March 7 at 1:00pm (bills are scheduled for a hearing anytime between 1pm-5pm or later).

Step One: Find your Delegate in Annapolis -- CLICK the "WHO IS MY LEGISLATOR BUTTON" above and enter the information requested. 

Step Two: You will see a pop-up box with all your elected officials.  At the bottom, you will see your state Senator and Delegate.  Uncheck the box for your Senator, then click: Create Message

Step Three: Another pop-up window will open and allow you to enter your information and a brief message of fewer than 1500 characters. Create your message using the talking points below. OR

Step 4:  If you would rather contact your Delegate by email, a phone call and/or snail mail, click the Delegate's name, which will connect to their email address, phone number and mailing address.


TALKING POINTS
  • 60% of Maryland students read below grade level (PARCC Assessments 2016)

  • Education graduates from Maryland colleges and universities are not assessed or certified to teach foundational reading skills to students.  This is an equity issue particularly for underserved students.

  • K-12 schools cannot sustain the costs to retrain recent college graduates in foundational reading, writing and spelling skills. 

  • Many Maryland graduates of K-12 public schools require remediation before they can enter college.  Students must pay out of pocket for remediation and many of these students drop out of college with a debt-load, no degree and substandard literacy skills.
     
  • This bill will help teachers help all public school students achieve literacy and close the reading achievement gap.

PLEASE ASK YOUR LEGISLATOR TO DO THE FOLLOWING:

  1. IF your legislator is a Member of the House Ways and Means Committee (scroll down for the list), please ask that they vote yes in committee on March 10, 2017.  Members of the W&M committee voted yes to create the original Task Force -- this is the next step to setting up a pilot program.
     
  2. Ask that your legislator cosponsor the bill
     
  3. Vote YES on the bill when it comes to the House Floor for a vote

House Bill 1264 Summary


HB 1264: Establishes the Dyslexia Pilot Advisory Board: FOR the purpose of establishing the Dyslexia Education Pilot Program Advisory Board in the State Department of Education; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Advisory Board; prohibiting a member of the Advisory Board from receiving certain compensation, but authorizing the reimbursement of certain expenses; requiring the Advisory Board, in consultation with the Department, to identify a principal investigator for the Program; requiring the Advisory Board, in consultation with the Department, to develop a certain Request for Proposals, select certain partners for the Program, and establish a Pilot Program Implementation Team; requiring the Advisory Board, in consultation with certain entities, to establish a process to select local school systems to participate in the Program and establish a Local Education Agency Team; requiring the Advisory Board, in consultation with a Principal Investigator and the Pilot Program Implementation Team, to implement the Program for a certain period of time; requiring the Advisory Board to report its progress to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before a certain date each year; defining certain terms; providing for the termination of this Act; and generally relating to the Dyslexia Education Pilot Program Advisory Board.

HEARING DATE: Friday, March 10, 1:00pm.

House Bill 1264
ACTION STEPS

HEARING DATE: Friday, March 10, 1:00pm (bills are scheduled anytime between 1pm-5pm or later).

Step One: Find your legislator in Annapolis -- CLICK the "WHO IS MY LEGISLATOR BUTTON" and enter the information requested. 

Step Two: You will see a pop-up box with all your elected officials.  At the bottom, you will see your state Senator and Delegate.  Uncheck the pop-up box for your Senator, then click: Create Message

Step Three: Another pop-up window will open and allow you to enter your information and a brief message of fewer than 1500 characters. Create your message using the talking points below. OR

Step 4:  If you would rather contact your Delegate directly by email, a phone call and/or snail mail, click the Delegate's name to connect to their home page where you will find their email address, phone number and mailing address.

 

Talking Points

  1. This legislation would create the Dyslexia and Reading Pilot Advisory Board

  2. It would implement the reading pilot program developed by the “Task Force to Study the Implementation of a Dyslexia Education Pilot Program.”

  3. The legislature and the Governor appointed the Task Force members and it included a broad coalition of teachers, parents, school administrators and State Education officials -- it is bipartisan.

  4. The pilot is needed:  60% of Maryland students were reading below grade level in 2016.  We must help kids learn to read.

  5. LINK to Task Force Report and Recommendations - the report can be downloaded and shared with your legislator if they request a copy.

Please Ask Your Legislator to do the Following: 

  1. IF your legislator is a Member of the House Ways and Means Committee (scroll down for list), please ask that they vote yes in committee on Friday, March 10, 2017.  Members of the W&M committee voted yes to create the original Dyslexia Task Force -- this is the next step in the process to create a dyslexia pilot program.
     
  2. Ask that your legislator cosponsor the bill
     
  3. If they are NOT a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, Ask Your Delegate to Vote YES on the bill when it comes to the House Floor

Delegate Membership
House Ways and Means Committee

Room 131
Lowe House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Parking: Gott's Garage or Navy-Marine Corps Stadium

Montgomery County

Eric Luedtke  Dis. 14 eric.luedtke@house.state.md.us (410 841 3110)  

Anne Kaiser Dis. 14 anne.kaiser@house.state.md.us (410 841 3036

Jheanelle Wilkins Dis. 20 jheanelle.wilkins@house.state.md.us  (410 841 3493)  

Baltimore County

Eric Ebersole Dis 12 eric.ebersole@house.state.md.us (410 841-3328)

Robert B. Long  Dis 6  bob.long@house.state.md.us ((410 841 3458

Howard County

Eric Ebersole Dis 12 eric.ebersole@house.state.md.us (410 841-3328)

Frank S. Turner Dis. 13  frank.turner@house.state.md.us (410 841 3246)

Prince George's County

James Tarlau Dis. 47A jimmy.tarlau@house.state.md.us (410 841 3326)

Jay Walker Dis.26 jay.walker@house.state.md.us (410 841 3581)

Darryl Barnes Dis.25 Darryl.barnes@house.state.md.us (410 841 3557)

Carolyn B. Howard Dis.24 Carolyn.howard@house.state.md.us (410 841 3919)

Alonzo Washington Dis.22 Alonzo.washington@house.state.md.us (410 841 3652)

Carroll County

April Rose Dist. 5 april.rose@house.state.md.us (410 841 3070)

Kathryn Afzali Dis.4 Kathy.afzali@house.state.md.us ((410 841 3288)

Haven Shoemaker,Jr. Dis 5  haven.shoemaker@house.state.md.us (410 841 3359

Frederick County

Kathryn Afzali Dist.4 Kathy.afzali@house.state.md.us ((410 841 3288)

Baltimore City

Mary Washington Dis.43 mary.washington@house.state.md.us (410 841 3476)

Bilal Ali Dis.41  bilal.ali@house.state.md.us  ( 410 841 3268)

Nick Mosby Dis.40 nick.mosby@house.state.md.us (410 841 3520)

Cecil County 

Kevin Hornberger Dis. 35A  kevin.hornberger@house.state.md.us (410 841 3284)  

Teresa E. Reilly Dis. 35B Teresa.reilly@house.state.md.us ( 410 841 3278

Del Reilly also Harford County

Charles County

Edith J. Patterson Ed.D  Dis .28 ( edith.patterson@house.state.md.us (410 841 3247)

Anne Arundel County 

Meagan C. Simonaire Dis 31B Meagan.simonaire@house.state.md.us(410 841 3206)

Allegany County

Delegate Jason C. Buckel Dis. 1B  Jason.buckel@house.state.md.us (410 841 3404)

Resources


Report of the Task Force to Study the Implementation of a Dyslexia Education Program (in Maryland)

House Bill 1264: Pilot Advisory Board: Link to General Assembly Website for Tracking and Information

House Bill 1486: Teacher Preparation Bill: Link to General Assembly Website for Tracking and Information

Directions & Parking Information: Lowe House Office Building/Ways & Means Committee, 6 Bladen St.  
Annapolis, MD 21401
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