While reading it I started to have some questions. Under Section VIII it states that the department has created an intervention product guide but I could not find it. I emailed Theresa Nicholls who is the lead person for the council from the TN DOE and 2 weeks later, I have still not received an email back.
Also, under Section XII it states that the council will report to the TN Senate and the TN House of Representatives. I sent emails to the House of Representatives and heard back from 1 representative, Gloria Johnson. I sent emails to the TN Senate and also heard back from a research analyst. The numbers are staggering.
Now, onto a new bill that is addressing ELA, TN HB 2229. This is a great blog post about what this bill is proposing, and once again, it is eye-opening. (Thank you Dad Gone Wild.)
ONE READING PROGRAM FOR ALL! This is insane. We need to let teachers teach their students. Not all students fit into a box and I can also tell you that the state of TN is looking at programs that teach phonics only. I can tell you that phonics only for all students will not work!
In March SCORE is putting on a reading summit and I will be there. They will be discussing the reading crisis in TN along with the 3 reading programs they are looking to add across the state. (Does this sound like Common Core to anyone else?)
Tomorrow, 2/25/2020 this bill will be discussed and it may be rushed through. Please contact your representatives and tell them this is not good for TN students, especially our students with dyslexia. As you can clearly see from the dyslexia report, our students are in trouble but this bill is not the way to go about helping them.