SB 0616 Requires school districts to provide phonics instruction
LR Number:2178S.01I Fiscal Note:2178-01
Last Action:04/04/01 - Hearing Scheduled But Not Heard S Education Committee Journal page:
Effective Date:August 28, 2001
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Current Bill Summary

SB 616 - This act requires that public schools ensure that developmentally appropriate phonics instruction is provided in kindergarten through grade 3 as part of a program of reading instruction. The State Board of Education shall provide in-service training in such instruction. Teacher competency tests in grammar and developmentally appropriate phonics instruction will be required after July 1, 2005. School districts are required to make an effort to inform parents about reading instruction methods and materials used in kindergarten through grade 3.

Similar provisions are contained in SCS/HCS/HB 50 (2001).