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An educator informed me that some states use third/fourth grade reading scores to project the number of prison cells they’re going to need 10 years later. If this is true- it's appalling and sad. What can we do in Liberty County to help improve reading scores? How many programs do we have outside of the classroom to address literacy? Is this a myth?

My response (after doing research).

1.Monitor and respond to chronic absenteeism in pre-K and kindergarten. The Kids most at risk are the ones missing 25 to 30 days a year. If we don't intervene, those are our future dropouts.

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http://www.prx.org/pieces/76849-building-prison-beds-based-on-third-graders-test#description

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/education/blog/2009/03/baltimore_schools_andres_alons_3.html


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timeontarget commented on Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013 at 06:27 AM

sebe, your assessment is spot on.

Our public school teachers are burdened with far too much administration and reporting mostly imposed on them by Federal authorities and some by the State.

I think we need to get back closer to the basics.

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Jul 02, 2013 at 08:39 AM

@tot/seb-how do we get back to the basics? I also believe it takes a village to raise a child. I spend most of my days advocating for the poor, illiterate and abused.

It's hard to prepare a child for success when their parents can't read or write. We need more programs to address literacy in the home.

My recommendation:

Host literacy and GED classes in the neighborhoods with low literacy rates. We cant wait on them to come to us-we need to reach out to them. If we can set up a building to pass out free lunch we can use that same building to facilitate class.

I don't think were doing enough in Liberty County to help at risk populations. I see too many young women and men settling for 2 dollar rent or hanging out at the gazebo by the Coastal bank instead of improving their employment skills or trying to find employment.


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