Tincy Miller weighs in on updates to Dyslexia Handbook

For Immediate Release
Monday, August 23, 2010

Contact
Alexis DeLee at (512) 633-2620

Tincy Miller weighs in on updates to Dyslexia Handbook

(Dallas) – Today, Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, State Board of Education member for District 12, participated on a dyslexia task force to update the state’s Dyslexia Handbook. The meeting, which took place at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, in Dallas, culminated with recommended changes to the Handbook that serves as a guide for teachers of dyslexic students. The proposed changes will be discussed and voted on at the September meeting of the State Board of Education (SBOE).

“While great strides have been made to identify and properly teach students with dyslexia, I want to ensure that we do everything possible to make their path through education successful,” Miller said. “These proposed changes bring us one step closer to a time when all of Texas’ dyslexic students have a chance at educational achievement.”

While a more thorough revision of the Dyslexia Handbook will be made after the 82nd Legislature, the recommendations made today were all based on changes to existing – or the creation of new – laws.  The proposed changes also incorporate new information related to recent scientific studies and best practices for diagnosing and teaching students with dyslexia.

The committee was composed of 14 members, including some of the state’s leading experts in the field of dyslexia and speech-language pathology.

Miller, who will not be returning to the SBOE after November, has been instrumental in making dyslexia a recognized disability in Texas. She has distinguished herself by promoting better curricula and programs for dyslexic children, by facilitating the passage of the first dyslexia legislation in the state, and by creating the Dyslexia Handbook as a guide for teachers of dyslexic students.

Miller was formerly a reading specialist in the Reading Laboratory at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, where children with dyslexia could learn to read, write and spell. There she saw the difficulties dyslexic children faced because their disability was ignored by the public school system. This, along with her personal experience with a son who was identified at age 19 with dysgraphia, led her to get involved as an active member of the SBOE.

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Miller Awaits Continued Debate on Social Studies Standards at Board of Education Meeting

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Contact
Alexis DeLee at (512) 633-2620

Miller awaits continued debate on social studies standards at
Board of Education Meeting

(Austin) – Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, member of State Board of Education, District 12, is looking forward to the continued debate on the State’s social studies standards this week at a full meeting of the Board.  The debate will focus on whether a proposed draft of the new standards removes or changes significant historical references.

“I am all in favor of presenting a more balanced and well-rounded illustration of our history, but we cannot allow it to be rewritten,” Tincy Miller said. “We have a lot to be proud of when it comes to the ideas of our forefathers, and we must maintain those in our school curricula.”

The concern about the new standards was first examined at the Board’s meeting in March when Brooke Dollens Terry of the Texas Public Policy Foundation brought the issue to light. In her public testimony, she identified places where individualism, free enterprise system and personal responsibility were changed or removed from the social studies textbooks. Terry also pointed out that references to Daniel Boone, Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan and Robinson Crusoe were removed. The Committee on Instruction considered it last month and made recommendations to the full Board.

The Instruction Committee supported maintaining traditional American values as part of the curriculum. Additionally, it recommended that the State Board of Education’s panel of social studies experts assess the standards and go over them one-by-one at the Board’s meeting in July.

The Board meeting will take place this week from Wednesday, May 20 through Friday, May 22. Discussion of social studies standards will occur at the Thursday morning portion of the meeting. The career and technology curriculum will be discussed on Wednesday afternoon. All action items will have a final vote on Friday. The Board’s Committee on School Finance and Permanent School Fund, the Committee on Instruction and the Committee on School Initiatives will also meet this week while the Board is in Austin.

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