Assemblymember Carroll Announces Expansion of Structured Literacy Initiative

Directs funding to PS 154 in Windsor Terrace

Brooklyn, NY Assemblymember Robert Carroll (D/WF-44) announced today the dedication of state funding for structured literacy to PS 154 in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. He secured $40,000 in funding for the programming in the current year’s state budget building on the success of the previous allocation of $100,000 to other schools in his district.

“This initiative is part of a broader effort to reform the way reading is taught in our schools,” said Assemblymember Carroll. “It is great to be working with Principal Rached and the PS 154 community and I am glad this funding can help their efforts to ensure all their students are fluent readers and successful in school.”

“At P.S. 154, we recognize the importance of literacy as the foundation for success for all students. As educators, it is our duty to ensure that our children are strong readers, and it is an honor to work with Assemblymember Carroll to uplift this work through this generous grant. We appreciate his dedication to our students’ education, and we are excited to see the impact of this gift on our students’ education,” said PS 154 Principal Leila Rached.

Assemblymember Carroll has been a leader on reforming the State’s approach to teaching literacy: his Dyslexia Task Force Act (A.133/S.2599), was signed into law by Governor Hochul in December; in addition to targeted funding support for local schools, over the past two years he has secured $750,000 in state funding to support the Promise Project at Columbia University, which provides neuropsychological exams and teacher training regarding reading disorders for kindergartners in marginalized and underserved communities in New York City; and, he is the prime sponsor of the Right to Read Act (A.2897/S5480), which would establish teaching literacy based on the science of reading as the standard throughout the state and the Dyslexia Diagnosis Access Act (A.2898/S5481), which would mandate that private health insurance policies pay for neuropsychological exams for the purpose of diagnosing dyslexia.