The New York City focusing on children with learning disabilities has planned to open two new specialized dyslexia programs at Brooklyn public schools. A considerable number of students have been identified to have been struggling with their failing grades due to their inability in understanding basic aspects.
That might have been bad news in a city where students with dyslexia and other reading issues often fall through the gap in the system, according to parents and education experts.
As many as 10 to 20 percent of New York City students could have dyslexia, according to some estimates. The New York city administration has begun trying to identify more of them and help them catch up.
On Thursday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that two new specialized dyslexia programs are opening, in addition to two others announced earlier this year — part of what officials hope will become a major activity to regulate citywide reading methodology. Dyslexia has been the focus of the administration’s educational agenda, and the issue is personal for the mayor. Eric himself had struggled with his own dyslexia and went undiagnosed until college. He has made efforts to fix inequities that have added to steep literacy gaps for Latino and Black children.
Eric said in a statement, “Far too long, children across the city suffered in silence as they struggled in school with an undetected learning disability.”
Harlem, South Bronx, Sunset Park, and Park Slope in Brooklyn’s District 15 will have the two new programs. As a part of the programs, several teachers will be specially trained in the phonics-based learning approach as to enable struggling students in reading, understanding and writing.