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Schools get grants to combat dyslexia

Nearly 1.5 million dollars in grants have been awarded to help public school educators in Georgia cover the cost of training to teach students with dyslexia.

The AJC reports that some experts believe as many as one in five children have dyslexia, a condition that makes reading difficult. Students who can’t read well by third grade tend to do worse in their academic careers, since reading becomes essential for broader learning by that point.

Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods made the announcement Friday saying the funding will go to seven of the state’s 16 regional education service agencies.

Recipients also include seven state universities including the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. The funds can go toward tuition, fees and exam costs for public school teachers in the state, or to improve and expand programs.