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Newsom's struggles with dyslexia prompt a 'very personal' quest to fund early screening

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Gov. Gavin Newsom's lifelong struggle with dyslexia makes his proposal to screen little kids for developmental disorders a personal mission.

California's new governor wasn't diagnosed with the reading disability until he was in the fifth grade.

"I got screened late," Newsom, 51, told me. "I bounced around to five schools in seven years because I didn't get the support. My mom kept trying different schools, looking for support. Back then, they didn't know what this stuff was.

"I'd fallen behind, literally behind, and when that happens,

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