Gov. Malloy and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin are the featured speakers at an event focused on early education and attention to students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Both Malloy and Shumlin are dyslexic and understand what it’s like to struggle with the disorder. They will speak about the importance of reaching out to children with dyslexia and other reading disabilities in order to get all students reading proficiently by the third grade.
Reading proficiency by third grade is one benchmark of a national education campaign, and currently two-thirds of fourth graders are not reading proficiently. Malloy has led an early education push in Connecticut, investing in initiatives as part of broader education reform last year and most recently creating an office of early childhood to further those efforts.
After Malloy and Shumlin speak, the event, which takes place today at the National Press Club in Washington, will hear from a panel of various education professionals who will discuss the policy steps that can be taken to help all children read proficiently by the end of third grade, and how that involves reaching out to those with dyslexia and other reading disorders.