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  • Gov. Hochul’s State of State proposals need funding to become reality

    Jan 15, 2024

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    Public News Service – New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s State of the State initiatives are ambitious for the state’s future. The focus now is on how to make them a reality.

    In particular, children’s advocates feel the governor’s promises to bolster literacy and child mental health are much needed.

    New York has ranked poorly in both focus areas in recent polls and studies. Community hospitals have received $50 million to expand mental health treatment, for children and adults.

    Randi Levine, policy director for Advocates for Children of New York, argued poor literacy skills have been an issue far too long.

    “We hear from families of older students, who haven’t learned the fundamental reading skills they need to fill out a job application or to read their science textbook,” Levine reported.