Students with dyslexia struggle in Washington. Will a fresh approach to reading instruction be enough?

Hamlin Robinson School fourth grader Pearl Matt, center, writes words in the air during a reading and writing lesson in Kay Nelson’s classroom. Such  multisensory learning strategies are particularly helpful for students with dyslexia. At far left is Helen Wiley; at right is Isaac Maimon. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

A new bill requires districts to screen children for signs of dyslexia. It will usher in major changes in the way all kids are taught to read in Washington state.

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Trump officials cancel Obama-era policy on school discipline

The Trump administration has formally scrapped an Obama-era policy that was meant to curb racial discrimination in schools but that became tangled in a national debate over school safety. Officials from the Education and Justice departments finalized the rollback Friday, just days after it was proposed by a federal panel on school safety. President Donald...