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Important week for dyslexia education in Texas

Hearing will determine whether or not Celebrate Dyslexia Schools will be able to function in San Antonio.

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Celebrate Dyslexia Schools is a proposed charter school that will serve dyslexic students in  the Southwest Side of San Antonio. Serving students from grades 4 to 8, it aims to ensure dyslexic students have the appropriate attention and support they deserve. 

In November of last year, the application for generation 2027 tuition free charter schools in San Antonio was submitted. In May, they had their capacity interview with Texas Education Agency (TEA), when they were recommended for authorization. 

Today, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) — which sets policies and standards for Texas public schools — will have a hearing regarding the TEA recommendation.  

Flor Gutierrez, the proposed superintendent of Celebrate Dyslexia Schools, said they will be interviewed this Wednesday. 

TEA reports that 4.5% of students in Region 20 — Texas — were receiving dyslexia services. However,  20% of students that cross the threshold of school every day have dyslexia, whether identified or not; meaning that up to 71,145 children are not getting the services they need to read at grade level. 

The estimated average cost for a private school specializing in dyslexia education in the United States is nearly $30,000 a year. This number shows the importance of having accessible educational resources for dyslexic students. 

SBOE is expected to vote on it on Friday, June 23. Gutierrez said they need the majority of the 15 voters to be able to open the school model in San Antonio and serve the community. 

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