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State Senator

Gayle Slossberg

Representing Milford, Orange, West Haven & Woodbridge

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Senator Slossberg’s Capitol Corner: Education Improvements

A column in the Orange Times

Connecticut has one of the best public education systems in the country. This has been the case for many years, and it remains so because we are continually improving it to ensure that all students receive the education they need. As Co-Chair of the General Assembly’s Education Committee, I work to introduce and pass legislation that maintains the high quality of our schools. This month we passed two very important education bills that I wanted to tell you about.

Senate Bill 1026 maintains high expectations for students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses, the humanities, wellness and communication course while better aligning them with the modern expectations of universities and employers. A wider range of courses will now count as “required” coursework. This allows educators to offer more modern subjects such as computer science and financial literacy to fill STEM requirements, or technical writing and world history as humanities credits. This is a significant change from current requirements, which prescribe specific course schedules for every student, preventing them from exploring subjects that may be of more use in their lives and in the modern economy as a whole.

When not properly diagnosed, dyslexia is often mistaken for another learning disability. This results in students with undiagnosed dyslexia being placed in special education classes, where they receive expensive services that they do not need and are not challenged and educated at a level that is appropriate for them. House Bill 7254 requires that special education teachers complete a course of study and have supervised practicum hours in the detection and recognition of students with dyslexia. This ensures that special education teachers are equipped to identify students in their classrooms that are struggling with dyslexia and get them the help they need. This is critical to the education of students with dyslexia, who have been shown to benefit greatly from early identification and intervention.

These are just two of many initiatives I am working on to modernize and improve our schools so that they provide the high-quality education our students deserve and prepare them for the future. I will keep you updated on these and other issues as the legislative session progresses. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you would like more information.

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