The start of the new year means that many state legislatures are back in action and convening for 2019 legislative sessions this month. Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, South Carolina, South Dakota,Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming convened on January 8. Connecticut,Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginiaconvened on January 9. Next week, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, and Washingtonare scheduled to convene on January 14, and Alaska, New Mexico,and Wisconsinare scheduled to convene on January 15.
Georgia Senate Makes Recommendations for Supporting Students with Dyslexia:A Senate committee within the Georgia General Assembly has issued a reportwith recommendations for better addressing the needs of students with dyslexia in the state. The committee’s suggestions include that: 1) The University System of Georgia create a dyslexia and language disorders course of study as part of the curriculum for prospective teachers; 2) The state mandate screening for all Kindergarten students statewide; 3) The Georgia Department of Education create and require teacher training on dyslexia, reading, and language disorders; 4) The Georgia Professional Standards Commission create a Dyslexia Endorsement recognizing teachers qualified to recognize and appropriately respond to dyslexia and other language disorders. [WABE]
Indiana Receives Federal Grant for Early Childhood Education: The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has a one-year federal grant of almost $7 million to evaluate and improvethe state’s early childhood education programs. Administered through the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning, the funding will be used to help identify best practices, assess gaps in services for low-income and rural students, and strengthening the state’s early childhood workforce, among other initiatives. [Inside Indiana Business]
West Virginia Considering Possible Pay Incentives for Math Teachers: West Virginia State Superintendent Steve Paine has voiced supportfor pay incentives for teachers to improve math education skills and teaching techniques. The Superintendent’s plans to address math instruction come in the wake of low student math proficiency scores in recent years -- an issue that Governor Jim Justice (R) alluded to in his State of the State address this week. President of the West Virginia Education Association, Dale Lee, however, has suggested that instead of paying math teachers differently the state should offer free classes to teachers interested in new certifications. [The Gazette-Mail]