Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Wednesday that requires kindergartners or first-graders to be tested for dyslexia, a reading disorder that can sometimes go undiagnosed for years and leave children struggling to learn.
The matter is intensely personal for Bryant. He was in fourth grade before a caring teacher discovered that dyslexia was the reason he saw scrambled words and had trouble putting the right sounds with letters that appeared in print.
“I repeated the third grade. What a difficult, horrible experience that was for a young child,” Bryant, 57, recalled during a bill signing ceremony in his Capitol office.