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Ohio Legislature Passes Dyslexia Bill Authored by North Canton Resident

The bill is an advocacy measure for children with dyslexia and was authored by North Canton resident and Certified Academic Language Therapist Rebecca Tolson

When North Canton Patch of this year, the , had her fingers crossed that it would make its way to law.

At that time, it was halfway there. The Ohio *House of Representatives had given its approval with a vote of 97-0. 

And the response from the Ohio *Senate Wednesday was just as supportive — 90-1, according to a recent update from the Canton Repository. The bill will go into effect shortly after being signed.

The bill encourages Ohio's Educational Service Centers to hire dyslexia specialists to provide training for K-4 teachers to help them work with dyslexic children. (Find out more about the bill in .)

The newspaper talked to Rep. Kirk Schuring, R-Jackson Township, who said he introduced the bill after hearing about the Stark County Educational Service Center’s hiring of a dyslexic specialist.

“We want to have a process where school teachers will have better tools early,” he told the Rep.

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*Editor's Note: The Ohio House and Senate were switched in the original version of this story.

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