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California Dyslexia Initiative

General information regarding the California Dyslexia Initiative.

Section 119 of the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill (Assembly Bill 77) for the 2019–20 California State Budget External link opens in new window or tab. established the California Dyslexia Initiative (CDI).

The bill appropriated $4 million ($2 million from state funds and $2 million from federal funds) which will be allocated to a designated county office of education (COE) for the CDI.

The goals of the CDI include building capacity in the statewide system of support for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to provide early intervention services and supports for students with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia; identifying effective models for identification and treatment of specific learning disabilities; developing and delivering professional development on evidence-based instruction and strategies informed by research; developing partnerships between school districts, COEs, and charter schools; and using the statewide system of support structure to disseminate professional learning, resources, and information developed or identified as a result of the CDI.

CDI Letter of Interest

The CDE and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), with approval from the executive director of the State Board of Education, shall designate an interested and qualified COE to administer the California Dyslexia Initiative.

The CDE and CCEE are seeking letters of interest from COEs that have the capacity to serve in this role.

For details on submitting a CDI Letter of Interest, please see Letter of Interest (PDF).

Please submit your letter of interest by 4 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020, by email to, and write “CDI Letter of Interest” in the subject line.

Interviews with promising COEs will be conducted on Monday, November 9, 2020.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, October 15, 2020
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