SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) – Sherrie Hickey has been fighting for her daughter's education for years, and she's starting to see a glimmer of hope after a bill that would require the South Carolina Department of Education to provide screening tools to school districts to help identify characteristics of dyslexia.
Hickey's daughter is dyslexic and was actually provided screening in sixth and seventh grade and she said it's helped. Her daughter has always been in special education and Hickey said she was told she wouldn't get a real diploma, but because of that screening now she's on track to getting one.
The bill goes on to say parents would be able to request screening for their student. School districts would also have to bring together school based problem solving teams to analyze the data that comes from the screening, then come up with ways to help teachers plan the right teaching methods for students who may need it.
Rep. Gary Clary, a sponsor of the bill, said if characteristics of dyslexia are identified early on, that will help teachers determine exactly how to teach and meet the needs of children who may be struggling.
Hickey and other mothers are helping to push this bill and Hickey said some are heading to Columbia Thursday to rally.
Hickey said her daughter mainly struggles in reading and math, but now that the PSAT allows the test to be read to students taking it, Hickey said her daughter could have the opportunity to go to college. She'll have the chance to do well on the test since she struggles with reading.
Since her daughter has gone through screening, Hickey said school has been a lot easier.
The bill has passed the House and currently sits with the Senate's K-12 subcommittee. Clary said there could be a hearing in the Senate within the next week or two and he hopes this could go on the Senate calendar for action by the late to end of March.