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KLRD staff members coordinate and help plan interim committee meetings and certain commissions and task forces that meet throughout the year.

During the regular legislative session, standing committees are coordinated and planned by committee assistants, who should be contacted through the office of the standing committee's chairperson.

Standing Committees are established by statute or by House or Senate Leadership that meet during the regular legislative session.

Interim Committees are either established by statute and meet outside the regular legislative session (e.g. joint committees, oversight committees, commissions, and task forces) or are created by Legislative Coordinating Council to review specified topics and legislation during the Interim.


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Sen. Ty Masterson
Sen. Bruce Givens

Rep. Brenda Dietrich, Vice-Chairperson

Non-Legislative Members
Jim Porter, Chairperson, Kansas Board of Education
Jennifer Bettles, Title Reading Teacher, Herington USD 487
Sarah Brinkley, K-6 Low Incidence Special Education Teacher, Seaman USD 345
Jaime Callaghan, Director of Student Services, Auburn Washburn USD 437
Tally Fleming, Teacher, LaCygne
Dr. David Hurford, Professor, Pittsburg State University
Jennifer Knight, parent, Olathe
Alisa Matteoni, parent & board member, International Dyslexia Association KS/MO    Branch
Christina Middleton, parent & Founder, Decoding Dyslexia, Johnson County
Jeanine Phillips, parent & Founder, Fundamental Learning Center, Wichita
Jeri Powers, Reading Specialist, Desoto USD 232
Angie Schreiber, Center Director, Cradle to Career Literacy Center
Sonja Watkins, Principal, Hugoton USD 210

Non-voting Ex Officio Members
Mike Burgess, Disability Rights Center of Kansas
Laura Jurgensen, Kansas Department of Education
Lori McMillan, Professor, Washburn University School of Law

Kansas Legislative Research Dept.
Edward Penner
John Hess

Office of Revisor of Statutes
Eileen Ma
Zach Fridell

Deborah Bremer, Committee Assistant


     Pursuant to 2018 Sub. for HB 2602, the Task Force shall advise and make recommendations to the Governor, the Legislature, and the State Board of Education regarding matters concerning the use of evidence-based practices for students with dyslexia. Specifically, the bill provides the Task Force’s recommendations and resource materials shall:

  • Research and recommend evidence-based reading practices to address dyslexia or characteristics of dyslexia for use by schools;
  • Research and recommend high quality pre-service and in-service professional development activities to address reading difficulties like dyslexia, including identification of dyslexia and effective reading interventions to be used in schools and within degree programs, such as education, reading, special education, speech-language pathology, and psychology;
  • Study and examine current state and federal laws and rules and regulations, and the implementation of such laws and rules and regulations that affect students with dyslexia; and
  • Identify valid and reliable screening and evaluation assessments and protocols that can be used and the appropriate personnel to administer such assessments in order to identify children with reading difficulties, such as dyslexia or the characteristics of dyslexia as part of an ongoing reading progress monitoring system, multi-tiered system of supports, and Child Find special education eligibility for students.

Approved Meeting Days: 3 days

2018 Interim Committees
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2014 Interim Committees

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2016 Interim Committees

2017 Interim Committees

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