Legislative Advocacy

Legislation we are tracking

HB 2784 (2019) Creating Dyslexia Intervention Professional Development Requirements

HB 2784 was introduced in 2019 by Rep. Ed Neilson (D) D174. This bill died in committee in 2020. We are advocating for its reintroduction as a key piece of legislation for the 2020-2021 session. HB 784 was originally co-sponsored by 13 representatives. Use the sample letter below to write to Ed Neilson and the bill's co-sponsors and encourage them to reintroduce this legislation today!  UPDATE 03/06/21 Rep. Neilson reports he plans to reintroduce HB 2784 this session. Stay tuned for more updates on this legislation. 

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Co-sponsors of HB 2784

  • Susan Helm D104

  • Tina Davis D141

  • Michael Driscoll D173

  • Eddie Day Pashinski D121

  • Stephen Kinsey D201

  • Perry Warren D31

  • Dan Miller D42

  • Tarah Toohil D116

HB 2611 Special Education Eligibility Extension

HB 2611 was introduced by Rep. Dan Miller (D42) and Rep. Patty Kim (D103) in 2020. This bill seeks to prevent special education students from being discharged from special education services for one year following the end of the state of emergency declaration in Pennsylvania. This bill leaves the decision to extend special education services to parents and students. 

Write a letter, send a fax, call or email Rep. Dan Miller and Rep. Patty Kim to let them know that you support their work on this legislation. Then contact your state representative and ask them to co-sponsor this legislation. View our letter to the right for inspiration. 

HB 85 Students with Disabilities at Institutions of Higher Education 

HB 85 was introduced by Rep. Dan Miller (D) D42. HB 85 will require that no later than the 12th-grade IEP transition planning identifies and includes goals likely to continue to be addressed should the student attend higher education. HB 85 also will require institutions of higher education to accept IEP's as proof of disability, even if they are outdated. Alternative acceptable forms include 504 plans, private school records, evaluations from a related services professional, a record of disability from another institution of higher education, or documentation of disability due to service in the Uniformed Services as defined in Section 484(c) of the Higher Education Act of 1965. 

Additionally, HB 85 will require Institutions of Higher Education to adopt policies that are transparent and explicit regarding the process by which the institution determines eligibility for accommodations and how such issues are addressed. This information needs to be disseminated to students, parents, and faculty, including during student orientation and on their website. 

Write a letter, send a fax, call or email Rep. Dan Miller him know that you support this legislation. Then contact your state representative and ask them to co-sponsor this legislation. View our letter to the right for inspiration. (Coming soon)