SB 0783 Requires school districts to provide phonics instruction
LR Number:3210S.01I Fiscal Note:3210-01
Last Action:02/13/02 - SCS Voted Do Pass S Education Committee (3210S.05C) Journal page:
Title:SCS SB 783
Effective Date:August 28, 2002
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SCS/SB 783 - The act mandates that all public schools offer explicit systematic phonics instruction in grades kindergarten through three as a significant component of their reading program. Explicit systematic phonics is defined in the act.

The act also asserts that no teacher shall be certified (on and after July 1, 2005) to teach reading in public schools in grades kindergarten through three, either as a reading specialist or as a classroom teacher, unless that teacher has successfully completed instruction in explicit systematic phonics at the university or college level.

Provisions similar to those contained in this act have been incorporated into the truly agreed to CCS/HCS/HB 1711 (2002). Similar provisions are also contained in the SCS/HB 1817 (2002) and the SS/SCS/SB 1059 (2002).