New York lawmakers are renewing efforts to create a task force to study issues facing students with dyslexia in the state, after Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed similar legislation last year. The measure is aimed at finding best practices for the estimated 900,000 students with dyslexia in New York.
Last year, the legislation was approved unanimously by both the state Senate and Assembly, but Hochul vetoed it along with several other bills that created task forces and commissions, arguing that state agencies were already performing those duties and that the bills were approved outside of the budget process.
This year’s measure has cleared both key education committee votes in the state Senate and Assembly, indicating that lawmakers are determined to address the issue.
“The governor’s veto of the Dyslexia Task Force Act last year was one of the most disappointing in recent memory,” said state Sen. Brad Hoylman-Sigal. “But for over 900,000 New York school kids with this reading disorder, dyslexia’s not going away, and neither are we.”
Supporters of the task force argue that the issue of dyslexia is not receiving the attention it deserves and that the task force could lead to significant improvements in the way dyslexia is addressed in schools.
However, Hochul has previously expressed concern about the duplicative nature of the legislation and the fact that state agencies were already performing the same duties. It remains to be seen whether she will veto the legislation again if it reaches her desk.
Regardless, lawmakers appear determined to address the issue of dyslexia in New York, and the creation of a task force could lead to improvements in the way students with dyslexia are identified and supported in the state’s schools.
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