Will South Dakota continue to be the only state without a dyslexia bill?

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — House Bill 1175 is an act to define dyslexia for the purposes of special education and related services. The bill passed in the House Education committee and will now move to the House Floor. HB 1175 passed out of committee on Friday with 13 in favor and one opposed.

Representative Nancy Rasmussen presented the bill to the committee. She says one in five students are affected by this disability.

“We have 139,442 students enrolled in Pre-K to 12th grades. One in five equates to 27,888 students in our public school system affected by dyslexia,” Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen also referenced a map from the International Dyslexia Association. The map shows which states have bills regarding dyslexia enacted. South Dakota is the only state without any bills signed.

HB 1175 is on the House of Representatives agenda for Monday.

One organization opposed to the bill is the Sioux Falls School District. The district states in the document below that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act already defines dyslexia.

The International Dyslexia Association provides people the tools to understand the way dyslexic learners operate. Their website also provides information about: basic facts about dyslexia, testing and diagnosis, treatment, the common signs of dyslexia and tutoring information.

Shelly Bayer is an Executive Board Member of the International Dyslexia Association Upper Midwest Branch. She says passing this bill would be a step in the right direction for South Dakota.

“From there, I think that builds awareness and that will hopefully lead to potential teacher training and just better support of the needs of our dyslexic learners,” Bayer said.


House Bill 1175 passed the House Monday with a vote of 58 to 10 with two excused.

The bill still needs to pass the Senate and be signed by Governor Kristi Noem before it becomes a law.

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