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To: Honorable Darlene Hooley

Re: Request from Salem constituent

Hello. My name is Chuck Bennett. I'm a constituent who lives at 707 13th St. NE in Salem, Oregon 97301.

As a constituent Iam writing to tell you about Billy, my 10-year-old neighbor and to express my hope that you will continue to support IDEA funding contained in H2222 and continue the longterm effort to meet the federal government's stated goal of achieving 40% funding of special education.

I'm no expert on Billy's condition and can't really tell you what it is exactly. What I do know is that he goes to school every day and is a real asset to our neighborhood. When we are both at home he loves to share his experiences at school. What I have noticed is that although Billy can be difficult to understand, he really brightens up when he talks about the speech pathologist who works with him every day to overcome his difficulties. He talks about how he is learning to slow down when he talks and to more carefully "nunciate" so that I can understand how well he is doing. I have noticed that not only does he talk with adults but he also is increasingly part of the neighborhood's group of children who play together after school.

I understand that if H2222 is not passed, funding for speech pathologists in the program that serves Billy so well will be cut. That would be a real shame and a real loss to our community if Billy can't continue to progress.

I hope Billy, his folks, my neighbors and myself can count on you to support HB 2222 and the programs it supports.

Thank you 

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