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Deborah Lynam, a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia, seen with her son Hudson, 11, at their home in Haddon Heights, N.J., has helped build the parent-driven advocacy group into a 50-state movement that presses its concerns nationally.
—Charles Mostoller for Education Week

Parent-Driven Group Wields Influence on Dyslexia Concerns

Decoding Dyslexia, a grassroots coalition founded by parents of children with the learning disability, has a presence in all 50 states and sympathetic ears among state and federal policymakers. (December 7, 2015)

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In a Pennsylvania town roiled by controversy after a superintendent's resignation, a volunteer group's efforts seek to rebuild trust between the community and school district.
February 9, 2016 - Education Week
As her son outgrows his rigid special education program, Elizabeth Brown writes that it shouldn't be an "all-or-nothing scenario."
January 26, 2016 - Education Week
Through new offerings and partnerships, education schools are looking for ways to bring more prospective candidates into the field.
January 25, 2016 - Education Week
The Institute of Education Sciences has a new chief, new offices, and a new role—but its own reauthorization is still in limbo.
January 12, 2016 - Education Week
January 12, 2016 - Education Week
Advocates for students with disabilities say they'll want to be at the table as states hammer out plans to comply with the new federal education law.
January 5, 2016 - Education Week
Eight researchers weigh in on how RTI can be implemented successfully.
January 5, 2016 - Education Week
Special education teacher Kristin Baningoso shares an activity that she incorporates into her classroom that can help educators explore race and culture topics and get students engaged in meaningful conversations.
December 18, 2015 - Teacher
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Decoding Dyslexia, a grassroots coalition founded by parents of children with the learning disability, has a presence in all 50 states and sympathetic ears among state and federal policymakers.
December 7, 2015 - Education Week

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