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City officials announce literacy initiative to identify students with dyslexia

Mayor Eric Adams and Schools Chancellor David Banks say they are taking a "comprehensive approach" in supporting public school students with dyslexia.

News 12 Staff

May 12, 2022, 5:03 PM

Updated 769 days ago

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Starting this fall, New York City public schools will screen their students for literacy, with varying instruction for students who identify as potentially having dyslexia.
P.S. 161 in the Bronx will be one of the lead literacy initiative schools, offering specialized programs for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. P.S. 125 in Manhattan will also be a lead literacy initiative school.
The plan will provide support and training for 80 elementary and middle schools to work to identify students at risk or who are struggling with reading. Mayor Eric Adams spoke about his own experience with literacy. Adams says that by offering early intervention, support, and specialized training, students will be able to reach their full potential. 
The plan calls to create one school in each district by next year that will specialize in teaching students with dyslexia.


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