Demand The Release of California's Dyslexia Guidelines Before It's Too Late
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A Petition to Demand that the California Department of Education implements the guidelines that parents, teachers and students cooperatively designed to best help students with Dyslexia and that are required by the unanimously passed piece of legislation, AB 1369. Guidelines must reflect key principles of socio-emotional impacts, identification and neurobiological issues, socio-economic impacts and ongoing support for their needs.
For decades California remains one of the few states refusing to identify Dyslexia in school even though it is the driving force behind California's massive drop-out, incarceration, illiteracy, and poverty rates.
On January 17, 2017, The California Department of Education (CDE) held its final meeting regarding California’s Dyslexia Education Guidelines. Through each step of the process, the CDE has done everything in its power to restrict information from activists, concerned parents and the media.
Prior to the meeting, the CDE cut large sections of the Guidelines without any input from outside sources. These sections were key to understanding and helping students with dyslexia. The sections cut include any research around dyslexia as a neurobiological condition, characteristics of dyslexia to help teachers identify the condition in the classroom, classroom accommodations to support dyslexic students without needing special education placement, and the debilitating socio-emotional effects of denial of help. These sections would have made great strides in educating one of the most vulnerable yet highly intelligent populations of students.
Rather than work with key groups in California, in an attempt to surrender to special interests and to hide these cuts, the CDE has shut down, and become unresponsive to continuing requests by important leaders in the Dyslexia community. Instead, they have secretly been working with the California Teachers Association and out of state interests to avoid having to answer, "WHY?"
In the weeks leading up to the meeting, activists had to fight to even figure out where the meeting was being held. At the recent meeting itself, they were sequestered in a room to watch the meeting from a stream without any opportunity to participate or ask questions. The CDE restricted the media from asking questions not only to the Workgroup but also the concerned parents in attendance. If we wait much longer the special interests will have taken control of the guideline process and tossed our children and parents to the sidelines.
WE WANT ANSWERS. WE WILL NOT BE THROWN OUT OF THE PROCESS LIKE WE WERE THROWN OUT OF THIS MEETING.
WE WANT THE GUIDELINES BACK IN THE HANDS OF THOSE THAT NEED IT MOST, CHILDREN AND PARENTS.
DEMAND THAT THE CDE RELEASE THE CURRENT DRAFT OF THE GUIDELINES AND OPEN UP THE PROCESS. SAVE OUR KIDS.
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