NEBRASKA LAWMAKERS VISIT OMAHA SCHOOLS FOR A FIRSTHAND LOOK AT READING CURRICULUM

State Senators Lou Ann Linehan and Patty Pansing Brooks have set off on a tour of elementary schools across Nebraska as part of an interim study. The goal of the study is to examine reading and literacy issues in schools across the state and determine how widespread they are and whether or not they are related to learning disabilities, like dyslexia. Speaking to a group of Druid Hill teachers in Omaha Linehan said "We want to figure out how to help you." Melissa Comine, OPS's chief academic officer, said OPS elementary schools spend 120 to 130 minutes per a day reading and another 40 to 60 minutes a day on writing. Extra time is built in for students who aren't grasping concepts quite as quickly. Third grade teacher, Lisa Olsen, said she didn't receive much training on identifying learning disabilities during her undergraduate studies. Linehan said that it seems some teaching colleges seem to do a better job of readying teachers and administrators when it comes to learning disabilities like dyslexia.