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house Bill H.R. 3033

Does the National Science Foundation Need to Support Dyslexia Research for Practical Use?

Argument in favor

If the National Science Foundation is going to conduct dyslexia research, it ought to be research that can be used to help those suffering from dyslexia.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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10/26/2015
8.5 million children (including my sister) are suffering from this. This is effecting their school work and their ability to be successful. Research needs to be done to find a solution to this educational disability that is a huge roadblock to students. Dyslexia effects students emotionally also, as dyslexic students are also subject to bullying for their troubles while reading out loud.
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Retspedtchr's Opinion
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11/19/2015
As a result retired teacher that taught children with special needs, all funding for any reason to support research on various disabilities is crucial.
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Graham's Opinion
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02/08/2016
Dyslexia effects a countless number of our citizens and there are very few efforts trying to solve it. It effects peoples lives and needs our attention.
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The federal government shouldn’t be specifying how practical the National Science Foundation’s research into dyslexia is — all research helps.

John's Opinion
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10/26/2015
No. The NSF already does research on reading disorders. They allocate their funding as they deam appropriate. One would assume they proportion that funding based on various factors. If those factors are being corrupted, then fire leadership and replace with honest leadership. I grow tired of Congress not holding federal workers accountable for corruption or incompetence. Under no circumstance should bureaucrats choose the allocation of funding of the NSF.
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Patrick's Opinion
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10/27/2015
Should not do research at all let the private sector do it
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wpeckham's Opinion
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11/05/2015
Anyone who supports a bill like this obviously does not understand the nature of research
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bill Progress


  • EnactedFebruary 18th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed February 3rd, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed October 27th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedJuly 13th, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 3033?

This bill would require the National Science Foundation (NSF) to devote specified funding to support dyslexia research that can be used in practical applications. Research would include finding best practices for:

  • Early identification of children and students with dyslexia;

  • Professional development about dyslexia for teachers and administrators;

  • Curriculum development and evidence-based educational tools for children with dyslexia.

Within the NSF’s annual congressional budget justification the amount requested for its Research in Disabilities Education program which advances the goal of broadening the participation and achievement of learners with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Impact

People with dyslexia, dyslexia researchers funded by the NSF, and the National Science Foundation.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3033

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) noted the importance of practical scientific research in the fight against dyslexia:

“If you can’t read, you can’t achieve. Millions of children have undiagnosed dyslexia, and millions more do not receive effective educational assistance at their schools. Dyslexia has no correlation to intelligence. By investing in early detection, children with dyslexia can learn strategies to help them read more effectively. The READ Act addresses these problems by prioritizing investments in critical dyslexia research.”

Currently this bill has the bipartisan support of 32 cosponsors in the House, including 18 Republicans and 14 Democrats.


Of Note: According to Rep. Smith’s press release, dyslexia affects an estimated 8.5 million school children. October is also designated as National Dyslexia Awareness Month.


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Summary by Eric Revell
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READ Act

Official Title

To require the President's annual budget request to Congress each year to include a line item for the Research in Disabilities Education program of the National Science Foundation and to require the National Science Foundation to conduct research on dyslexia.

    8.5 million children (including my sister) are suffering from this. This is effecting their school work and their ability to be successful. Research needs to be done to find a solution to this educational disability that is a huge roadblock to students. Dyslexia effects students emotionally also, as dyslexic students are also subject to bullying for their troubles while reading out loud.
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    As a result retired teacher that taught children with special needs, all funding for any reason to support research on various disabilities is crucial.
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    No. The NSF already does research on reading disorders. They allocate their funding as they deam appropriate. One would assume they proportion that funding based on various factors. If those factors are being corrupted, then fire leadership and replace with honest leadership. I grow tired of Congress not holding federal workers accountable for corruption or incompetence. Under no circumstance should bureaucrats choose the allocation of funding of the NSF.
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    Dyslexia effects a countless number of our citizens and there are very few efforts trying to solve it. It effects peoples lives and needs our attention.
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    As a supporter of this bill and a person with dyslexia this absolutely needed when it's estimated that 1 in 5 people have some degree
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    Dyslexia is a problem that should be confronted. It is one of the major causes of illiteracy in our students today & any type of help that the government can give may help to solve the problem.
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    Anyone who supports a bill like this obviously does not understand the nature of research
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    Should not do research at all let the private sector do it
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    Why the hell not!!!!!
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    Yes. These children are our future.
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    As an educator and researcher I know that we need more research on this topic to give teachers best practices on how to help their students who have dyslexia.
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    Yes! Before you know it, Pharma will monetize this illness and take advantage of kids who suffer the most from this. Mandatory, proper research and funded studies should be left without interest of Pharma corporations that want another excuse to make $720/pill price.
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    These decisions should be made by the board of the National Science Foundation as a vote and if funded through government, all decisions should be made public.
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    Yes
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    Did my Senators vote for sealing money SS to pay other bills?
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    This is not a constitutional federal government duty or power. This should fall to the states as a duty or power. Plus there are many charitable organizations out there that can handle this. The corporate and charitable organizations are a lot more efficient and effective than government is!! Reference Article 1 Section 8 and Amendment 10.
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    It would seem that any research is probably worthwhile but setting aside funds specifically for the end product properly narrows the effort.
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    Yea.
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    There are already research organizations.
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    As much as I hate the fact that kids are struggling to read, we have much bigger issues at hand. For example, terminal illnesses.
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