Lawmakers want to improve teacher training to aid struggling readers
A proposal moving in the Florida House would require better training for teachers and district and school administrators in order to help students improve their reading skills, especially during their elementary school years.
House Bill 7021 -- the product of the House K-12 Subcommittee, led by Rep. Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach -- would include $345,000 in state funding to the Florida Department of Education to help the Just Read, Florida! Office implement the mandates of the legislation.
Florida law already requires school districts to identify and help struggling readers, but the bill lawmakers are considering for 2016 builds on that by creating a more rigorous framework to ensure teachers can recognize a struggling reader and intervene to help them early on.