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Advocates urge NYC Education Dept. to revamp approach to teaching reading in wake of pandemic

05.20.2021 | NY Daily News | “New York City should seize this opportunity to make long-overdue investments in literacy curriculum and interventions,” said Kim Sweet, the executive director of Advocates for Children, the group that wrote the report. “As our schools recover from the pandemic, we cannot return to ‘normal,’ when ‘normal’ was not teaching our students how to read.”

Advocates recommend a $200 million investment to shore up the city’s approach to reading instruction — with $50 million towards new curriculum and training, and $150 million for tutoring and small-group support for struggling readers — an approach backed by the City Council in its budget recommendations. DOE officials have pledged $500 million in this year’s budget for “academic recovery,” but have given few specifics on how the money will be spent. Read article