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Dyslexic students to benefit from new Staten Island charter school

Plans are moving forward to establish a charter school that addresses the needs of children who are having difficulty learning because they are dyslexic.

“We’ve got a problem on Staten Island. Students, our children, with dyslexia are going to public schools and their needs are not being met,” said Laura Timoney, the borough’s deputy director of education.

Borough President James Oddo’s office found that the need is pressing and the available programs are both costly and distant for local residents. The conclusion: We need a community charter school.

Plans are going forward for Bridge Prep for Creative Thinkers where multi-sensory instruction that appeals to all learners will be implemented.

In her remarks to a general counsel presentation at the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council, Timoney explains the process and plans to open the school with a second and third grade class for the 2018 to 2019 school year. A grade will be added each year until the school serves students in grades 1 through 8.

Watch the video for both the story and a question and answer period.

Dyslexic student endures hours-long daily trip to school.

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