Literacy advocates believe the infusion of federal cash is a great way to improve literacy in schools within New York City.
Schools Chancellor David Banks believes making literacy instruction is a priority — specifically for kids with dyslexia.
Banks believes DOE could squander its opportunity without specific and long-term plans for how to make reforms stick.
Meanwhile, the nonprofit group Advocates for Children believes in the importance of phonics-based teaching to introduce kids — especially those with disabilities like dyslexia — to the building blocks of language.
Sources said in city schools, which have traditionally used a patchwork of reading curricula, fewer than 50% of elementary and middle school students scored proficient on the reading section of the 2019 state exams, and only 36% of Black and Latino kids.
The group advised the Education Department to strengthen its partnerships with local education schools “so that the DOE does not need to perpetually re-train its educators.”
For his part, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the city would spend $7.4 million to increase screening to identify students who may have dyslexia.