Response to Amend Right to Read Act

Decoding Dyslexia Rhode Island Statement on a Bill to Amend The Right To Read Act

DDRI Response to R2R Changes Website

Parents and Allies Action Steps

Oppose House Bill 7164 Substitute A

The House Education Committee will be considering a substitute version of 7164. Please email and call in opposition.

DDRI supports an extension to meeting the requirements of the Right to Read Act. We opppose any changes to the proficiency requirements. This bill would allow reading specialists and teacher's with a Master's Degree in Reading or a related discipline to avoid the training in the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy. RIDE has an approved list of vendors and trainers to ensure these trainings will lead to outcomes. There is already a test-out option for those who feel they are qualified in the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy. The move to 30 hrs of training will eliminate this list. Right to Read Rhode Island.

  1. Email representatives of the Education Committee

House Health, Education, and Welfare Committee

Subject: Oppose House Bill 7164 Substitute A

Tips for Testimony

Education Allies

  • Discuss how the Right to Read training has helped you as an educator

  • Highlight the gaps you had in your Teaching Preparation


  • NO to any changes for the proficiency of Teachers in the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy. There is already a test out option for those who believe they meet the proficiency requirements.

  • Discuss the challenges your child encountered

  • Support the creation of a Substitute B that will Extend the Deadline to help districts who need more time

  • See our statement posted above for talking points or further information

Sample Testimony (copy and paste):

Dear Honorable Members of the House Committe on Education:

I am writing to oppose House Bill 7164 Substitute A. I am a _______________ (parent of a dyslexic child (or struggling reader or I am an educator) who supports the importance and intergrity of the Right to Read trainings. I support altering the timeline for the Right to Read Act training due to the disruption caused by Covid and the stress placed on educators. We acknowledge this is a significant investment for educators, but these trainings are the solution to improving literacy for all Rhode Island students. We cannot go back to methods of teaching that were ineffective before the pandemic (Add personal story here to show prior teaching training was not enough to meet the needs of your child. Describe events, don't use names of people).

I believe teachers should be empowered with evidence-based practices in the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy to meet the needs of diverse learners like my child. I do not support the proposed changes to the Right to Read proficiency requirements. This change will be detrimental to Rhode Island students, especially because of the effects of the pandemic. I would support a separate bill that would extend the deadlines of the Right to Read training only.


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