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SB 160 (BR 1159) - R. Palmer II, D. Harper Angel

     AN ACT relating to early education screening and intervention.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define "aphasia," "dyscalculia," "dysgraphia," "dyslexia," "phonemic awareness," and "scientifically based research"; require the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations requiring districtwide implementation of a screening and response to intervention system in grades K-3; designate the components of the system; prohibit waiver of the requirement; require the Department of Education to make available technical assistance, training, and a Web-based resource to assist all local school districts in the implementation of the system and instructional tools based on scientifically based research; require the department to collaborate with other state agencies and organizations; require conformity with 20 U.S.C. 1414(a)(1)(E) for initial evaluations of students with suspected disabilities; require the department to report to the Interim Joint Committee on Education on implementation by November 30, 2012, and annually thereafter; amend KRS 157.200 to conform with the federal definition of a "specific learning disability"; amend KRS 157.196 to conform with federal use of term "individualized education program" (IEP); require consideration of relevant scientifically based research in the formulation and implementation of the IEP.

     Feb 11-introduced in Senate
     Feb 15-to Education (S)

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