Phyllis SparksColumnistPosted by Phyllis Sparks on February 17, 2015
Phyllis Sparks is a columnist for ANM News and the Past President of the Kentucky Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Beginning in 2009, Phyllis began organizing parent groups to lobby for stronger legislation to support students with dyslexia in Kentucky public schools. In doing so, the group started the process of developing and organizing a state chapter of the IDA. Charter status was granted October 2011.
In 2012, Kentucky HB69 passed into law without any opposition from the House or Senate. This new law mandates Response to Intervention (RtI) grades K-3, defines Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), defines Dyslexia, defines Phonemic Awareness, defines Multi-Sensory education, and require assistance from the Kentucky Department of Education on screening children with characteristics of dyslexia, provide technical assistance, training, and web-based resources for all local school districts.
Phyllis is the Vice President of Sparks Contractors, Inc. She is active in public schools with a nine-year seat on the Site Based Decision Making (SBDM) council of the Boone County school district. Has served on several school board taskforce for disabled readers. Vice Chair of the Boone County Republican Party, former campaign manager for Congressman Thomas Massie, and newly elected Boone County Magistrate.