Katy Parents Take Dyslexia Education Concerns to the State Capital


May 21, 2021

By Natalie Cook Clark

Katy parents join thousands hoping to align Texas dyslexia education with the rest of the country. The Beckley Wilson Act (HB 3880) will go before the Texas Senate today. If passed, it would be a win/win situation for the district, students, and Katy families.

Ashley Roberts, Amy Traynor, Rep. Dutton (Chair for House Public Education Committee) Elisha Kalvass, Rep. Toth. Photo courtesy : Amy Traynor

Katy Moms at the State Capital

“We are 100% parents; we’re not paid lobbyist that know how to do this,” says Katy mom Elisha Kalvass, a director for The Dyslexia Initiative, a non-profit, with a strong Katy chapter aimed to educate and help families navigate dyslexia.

Praise from Katy Board Trustee

“I have great respect for the parents from our community who are fighting for our youngest learners,” says Katy ISD Board of Trustee Rebecca Fox. “A strong literacy foundation is crucial for students. These advocates have an understanding and knowledge that are of significant influence with state legislators. Ultimately their preservice will benefit all learners. “

The Beckley Wilson Act is named after a 12-year-old Texan who bravely testified before the House Public Education Committee, but really it could be named after any of the 2,276 elementary students currently receiving dyslexia intervention in Katy ISD.

1 in 5 children have a form of Dyslexia. Katy ISD reports that their dyslexia intervention services met 5.7% of elementary students this academic year.