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Knowledge of Evidence-Based Reading Must Remain a Basic Teaching Requirement in California

California once again has pending legislation (SB 614 (S. Rubio)) that would eliminate knowledge of evidence-based reading as a basic teaching requirement. Reading outcomes for all students will suffer by not having qualified teachers trained in teaching students how to read based on the science of reading. Students in less-resourced schools, African-American students, students of color, those learning English, and those with dyslexia and other learning disabilities will be most impacted should SB 614 be passed. In light of learning loss caused by school closures due to the COVD-19 pandemic, it is more critical than ever that teachers understand the foundational reading skills necessary to teach our children, especially our students in greatest need.

Dr. Louisa Moats shares her reasons for opposing SB 614 in these two videos. You can make your voice heard about SB 614 by submitting a letter of opposition to the California legislator using this form.

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