Tell Our NY State Legislators to Support Dyslexia Legislation
As the 2020 Legislative Session opens in Albany, the Executive Committee and the Legislation Committee of the Garden City PTA are requesting all PTA members to contact our local legislators, Senator Kevin Thomas and Assemblyman Ed Ra, and urge them to support various bills addressing dyslexia and its related disorders, which are currently being held up in the Senate and Assembly education committees.  These bills include Senate Bill S4341 (Assembly Bill A5249), which requires school districts to conduct mandatory early screening for dyslexia in all children, Senate Bill S2675, which amends the education law regarding the certification of teachers and administrators in the area of dyslexia, and Assembly Bills A7210 and A8786, which establish interventions and special curricula for students with dyslexia and its related disorders and establishes a dyslexia task force in each district.  

About 85% of children with learning disabilities have dyslexia, making it the most prevalent learning disability in children.  Unfortunately, most parents, teachers, and administrators are not properly trained to recognize the symptoms of dyslexia and its related disorders.  The passage of dyslexia legislation will dramatically increase the rate of reading proficiency in all students and improve school conditions so that children with dyslexia and related disorders have an equal opportunity to learn and become college and career ready.

Please sign the pre-written petitions to Senator Thomas and Assemblyman Ra.  You also have the option to edit the message to include your own comments and concerns.
 
Thank you for taking the time to support all students, and for all of your continued support of our schools.
 
The Executive Committee and Legislation Committee of the Garden City PTA
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