Loudoun School Board Applauded for Dyslexia Education

The Loudoun County School Board got kudos from the Virginia Senate for their work to improve how they identify and educate students with dyslexia.

State Sen. Dick Black (R-13) attended the May 8 board meeting to present a Joint Senate Resolution to the board members. Black told the board that this marked the first time in his two decades representing Loudoun in the Senate that he felt moved to ask the General Assembly for a resolution honoring the board.

“It’s not to say there were not a multitude of good things done, but I thought this was truly exceptional,” he said.

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that effects word recognition, spelling, and reading comprehension.

Black presented the resolution alongside Lorraine Hightower, a Loudoun County parent of a child with dyslexia and former chairwoman of the school system’s Special Education Advisory Committee. Hightower has been a vocal proponent of identifying students with dyslexia and meeting their needs so they can learn alongside their peers, including providing appropriate interventions and teaching techniques.

Black said Hightower spent three years educating him about the needs of dyslexic students.

The resolution commends Loudoun school leaders for changing its practices to hire reading specialists trained specifically to help dyslexic students and establishing a training system to help all faculty and administrators better serve students with dyslexia.

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